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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Home, Southern Italy

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A home in southern Italy, situated on farming land.
    • Near the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • A panorama near the Brandenburg Gate. I believe the domed building is the opera house. The opera made an astonishing effort to get back into production and before the end of May and even gave a performance of a Wagnerian opera which I was invited...
    • In the Italian Alps, 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A pretty home in the Italian Alps near the village of Santa Cristina. This entire area escaped damage from the fighting and remained intact and acted too as a haven for refugees from Europe until May 1945.
    • Farm caravan near Caserta, Italy, 1943

    • 1943
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A small caravan of wagons with hay and clover travel along to the farm from distant fields; late summer, 1943. To the northeast of the city of Caserta, located about 30 miles north of Naples, the land is rich and farming a major activity. While...
    • Mt. Vesuvius eruption, Naples, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A view of Vesuvius from the western part of Naples, clearly showing the massive lava cloud spewing from the volcano's top. This photo, made near the beginning of the eruption, shows a southward flow of lava and a very high concentration of ash in...
    • Berlin, Unter den Linden, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Along the Unter den Linden towards the Brandenburg Gate. The German civilians frequently walked and stared with an expression of agony and despair on their faces. While my German was limited I could frequently make out remarks such as,"Oh this was...
    • Evacuation hospital near Cassino

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Another view of the hospital described elsewhere. The sound of fighting in and around Cassino could be heard and smoke from mortar and artillery fire could clearly be seen as I made this photo from a small artillery-spotting plane.
    • Feet, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Asleep on a staircase in the Medina of Algiers, this desert tribesman 1 shows the markings of a lifetime traveling the desert. He was a traditional teller of the news, moving from city to camp telling the same stories and tales of rain to his...
    • Untitled - the lady wine seller of Benevento

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Benevento was famous for its wine and thus a favorite spot for soldiers. In Southern Italy, Benevento was popular with soldiers from shortly after Italy was invaded until the Axis powers surrendered. This lady was a good wine seller; she had two...
    • Berlin, mid-June 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Berlin near the Brandenburg Gate; cleaned up somewhat and beginning to restore itself.
    • Berlin, early June 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • By early June the Berlin population was showing amazing resilience. A sports car was brought out, some buses were running and people were out in their "Sunday best." Their demeanor had also changed. They had some utility service restored; they had...
    • Italian children, Italian Alps, 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Children placed by their parents in a care center near the village of Santa Cristina in the Italian Alps. These children, mainly from affluent Italian and Austrian families, had been placed here for safekeeping in 1943 by parents whose whereabouts...

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