Swiss Archive Provides Film on Milestone of Chinese History

by swisscham in Culture & Society

The Archives of Contemporary History of ETH Zurich holds the private papers of Walter Bosshard. The Swiss photojournalist was the first European reporter to reach the “red capital” Yan’an in early Mai 1938. He recorded his then observations in a film that culminates in sequences with Mao Zedong. As a donation from Zurich this historical document entitled “Journey to Yan’an” is henceforth shown publicly at the permanent exhibition of the 8th Route Army Memorial in Xi’an. Yan’an City Archives wants to go even a step further. To the archives in the north of Shaanxi a copy of the Bosshard film was handed over on the basis of a preliminary agreement with the Archives of Contemporary History. Together the institutions in Yan’an and Zurich will boost the dissemination of Bosshard’s work that contains other films and over 20’000 photos many of which still are to be allocated to time and place.

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