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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Creer and Shaffer, Reich Chancellery, Berlin, May 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Ralph Creer and Melvin Shaffer at the entrance to the Reich Chancellery, May 1945. Debris had been removed from the entrance by the Russians in order to enter and search for Hitler and his government. The famous bunker was here and the smell 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...
    • Park, Brunswickhaven, Germany, May 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • These photographs, made in the town park of Braunschweig, are truly extraordinary in their depiction of the aftermath of war. This area, while not totally demolished, had been the center of a battle which controlled the approach to Berlin. Evidence...
    • Park, Brunswickhaven, late May 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • These photographs, made in the town park of Braunschweig, are truly extraordinary in their depiction of the aftermath of war. This area, while not totally demolished, had been the center of a battle which controlled the approach to Berlin. Evidence...
    • 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...
    • Berlin, parade ground, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Films of Hitler's forces goose-stepping in this great plaza were very fresh in our minds as we strolled this entire area, talking about and reviewing what each of us remembered from those pre-war films of Nazi Germany. It was here that Hitler first...
    • Brunswickhaven, late May 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • These photographs, made in the town park of Braunschweig, are truly extraordinary in their depiction of the aftermath of war. This area, while not totally demolished, had been the center of a battle which controlled the approach to Berlin. Evidence...
    • 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...
    • Aircraft hangar, Dachau, Germany, May 2 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • The only photograph I kept of Dachau: the remains of an aircraft hangar just east of the compound. This was significant to me because we had used captured aircraft with US pilots to film the burning of Dachau. The two barracks buildings remaining...
    • Unidentified neighborhood, Germany, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Frequently there was evidence of sporadic military destruction in the midst of otherwise intact areas. This was especially true in civil housing areas.
    • Brunswickhaven, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • These photographs, made in the town park of Braunschweig, are truly extraordinary in their depiction of the aftermath of war. This area, while not totally demolished, had been the center of a battle which controlled the approach to Berlin. Evidence...
    • Parade ground, Berlin, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Films of Hitler's forces goose-stepping in this great plaza were very fresh in our minds as we strolled this entire area, talking about and reviewing what each of us remembered from those pre-war films of Nazi Germany. It was here that Hitler...
    • Gasthof Zur, Italian Alps, 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The Gasthof Zur in the Italian Alps near the village of Santa Cristina. Undamaged by war, it was open for business during the entire period of conflict. In July 1945 (my time there), it served good food and provided comfortable housing for anyone...
    • Little girl, Italian Alps, 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • One of the children placed by her 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...
    • 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...
    • Bill Snavely and Melvin Shaffer, Italy, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Lt. Bill Snavely of the 8th Evacuation Hospital and Melvin Shaffer, still holding his Kodak Cine Special camera, used for filming surgery and patients in hospitals. The tents to the rear are actually units of the hospital. Near the Po River,...
    • Another view of the leaning tower of Pisa, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The leaning tower of Pisa as seen through an archway which shows the angle of the lean against the vertical archway. A few buildings in this area were destroyed -- in fact, one directly adjacent to the tower was badly damaged -- but the tower...

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