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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Dome, Main Hall, Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • The remains of a dome over the main entrance hall of the Chancellery, which had suffered a direct hit by a falling bomb. This bomb alone caused most of the damage inside the building; some effort had been made by the Russians not to destroy the...
    • Berlin, late May 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • This photograph of buildings near the Chancellery, on the Unter den Linden, shows the efficiency of both the population and the Russian forces that had cleared the streets for military traffic and for the delivery of essential goods to the...
    • Kassel, Germany, May 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Within a few days of the end of the war, the city of Kassel was digging itself out. This was the most destroyed city I encountered. There were no useable buildings left. People had made entrances to cellars and were using them as housing. Water...
    • Bismarck Statue, Berlin, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • The Bismarck Statue, Berlin, late May 1945. In contrast to most other soldiers, Americans generally were gawking tourists and the US Army made serious efforts to give opportunities for sight-seeing whenever it could. Most combat soldiers, though,...
    • 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...
    • Another view of Kassel, Germany, May 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Within a few days of the end of the war, the city of Kassel was digging itself out. This was the most destroyed city I encountered. There were no useable buildings left. People had made entrances to cellars and were using them as housing. Water...
    • Feeding lines, Germany, June 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • The feeding stations depicted here and elsewhere were typical of those set up throughout Germany immediately after the war. The Allies furnished the raw foodstuffs, and German staffers then prepared the food at emergency feeding facilities...
    • Feeding lines, food being ladled, Germany, June 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • The feeding stations depicted here and elsewhere were typical of those set up throughout Germany immediately after the war. The Allies furnished the raw foodstuffs, and German staffers then prepared the food at emergency feeding facilities...
    • Feeding lines, food being ladled, Germany, June 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • The feeding stations depicted here and elsewhere were typical of those set up throughout Germany immediately after the war. The Allies furnished the raw foodstuffs, and German staffers then prepared the food at emergency feeding facilities...
    • Naples, Spring 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Naples, Spring 1944, after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. One of the world's most beautiful cities, Naples was a mix of very old residential and fairly modern apartment structures, each built to afford a view of the magnificent harbor.
    • In the Italian Alps near Santa Cristina, Summer 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This very beautiful area shows no outward effects of the war. While most publications highlighting Europe during WWII featured the war-torn areas, most of Europe except for Germany and London showed very little effect of the war. At the time,...
    • Village of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This massive lava bed covered the village of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio near Vesuvius. This flow, produced within just a few hours, covered several acres that included most of the village.
    • Fred Toelle at work

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The artist Fred Toelle, who painted the large murals depicted in this collection of photographs. Fred, a classical fine artist, was very slow and deliberate, making many sketches then a small-scale painting of each subject. His assignment was not...
    • Maurice Manson and donkey with trash, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • This photograph made in the Medina, Algiers in the fall of 1943. The photograph shows a typical Medina scene -- a garbage donkey being observed by an American soldier, Corporal Maurice Manson. Streets in this and most native quarters in North...
    • Traditional Moslem women, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • These Moslem women were shopping on the main street of Algiers in October 1943. Most Algerian Moslem women wore the veil. They were not covered over the eyes and many made the most of decorating their beautiful dark eyes. They always seemed quite...
    • Traveling story-teller, Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • People of the desert had no modern communication at all. There was no electricity in the small villages, no newspapers or magazines, and very little contact with the outside world. They had heard about radio but none had ever heard a radio. In this...
    • Craftsman, the Medina, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A craftsman working metal in the Medina, Algiers, November 1943. He is typical of the workers whose skill with simple tools could produce a gun, a sword or a spoon. They were completely essential members of their society; most of the things owned...
    • Shopkeeper in the Medina, Rabat, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A typical shopkeeper in the Medina, Rabat, 1943. He specialized in metal things and repairs to pots and pans etc. As with many of the people and places depicted in these photographs, I attempted to find specific things on a return trip to North...

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