Sgt. Harry Ettlinger (right) and Lt. Dale Ford were among the Monuments Men who, in 1945, helped repatriate a Rembrandt found among a trove of art in a German salt mine.
On 18th August 1944, just a week before the liberation of Paris, Robert Capa, who photographed this confronting image, was in Chartres, where a young women who bore a child to a German soldier was shaved bald by a mob, who paraded her through the town with her three-month old child. Back in 1941, 19-year old Simone Touseau had fallen in love with Erich, a German soldier. Erich was eventually transferred to the Eastern Front, and invalided back to his native Bavaria.
25th August 1944: A group of French teenage girls hugs a soldier during the liberation of Paris, France, from German occupation during World War II. The soldier is smiling and holding his rifle.
Henri Cartier-Bresson - Mother and son, separated by the war are reunited in New York, 1946. S)
Members of the British Ambulance Corps arrive after a V2 rocket strike on London, 1945.
Allied servicemen stop to hand out sweets to Dutch children during the Allied liberation of the Netherlands, summer 1944. Original Publication: Picture Post - 1797 - The Road To Victory: Front Line Children - pub. 9th September 1944 (Photo by Leonard McCombe/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Simon Wiesenthal and his wife. They lost 89 members in their family in the Holocaust. They eventually reunited in 1945 where they lived a long life. Cyla passed away in 2003 and Simon passed away in 2005. He became the famous Nazi Hunter, helping to capture Adolph Eichmann.
‘Trümmerfrau (literally translated as ruins woman or rubble woman) is the German-language name for women who, in the aftermath of World War II, helped clear and reconstruct the bombed cities of Germany and Austria. Between 1945 and 1946, the Allied powers, in both West Germany and East Germany, ordered all women between 15 and 50 years of age to participate in the postwar cleanup.’