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An American soldier receives a kiss in gratitude for the liberation of Paris during World War II. August 25, 1944

When troops liberated the concentration camps they were unprepared for what they encountered. Here a U.S. soldier holds a victim of Nazi terror sobbing in relief of his liberation.

In 1944, LIFE’s Alfred Eisenstaedt captured a private moment repeated in public millions of times over the course of the war: a guy, a girl, a goodbye — and no assurance that he’ll make it back.

A soldier kissing his girl goodbye at Pennsylvania Station photographed by Alfred Eisenstadt,1944

US Army soldier Walton Trohon photographed while cleaning the face of a young French orphan, November 1944

An elderly couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. They've been married for 62 years and he'll be 90 this year. Check out their impromptu performance.

WWII: Planting a garden to support the troops

March 1945, Iwo Jima, Japan Marine Cpl. Edward Burckhardt

The men who raised the second flag over Iwo Jima.

American soldiers escort a group of Dutch children after the liberation, to a folk song concert (1945)