A 16 year old German girl with a bundle a 'Prisoner of War' label tied to her coat. She was captured, by Allied soldiers invading Germany, while trying to reach American (Allied) lines, and claims to have been a cook for the Hitler Jugend. 1945

A 16 year old German girl with a bundle a 'Prisoner of War' label tied to her coat. She was captured, by Allied soldiers invading Germany, while trying to reach American (Allied) lines, and claims to have been a cook for the Hitler Jugend. 1945

Teenage German soldier, who served with the Hitlerjugend division, is taken prisoner by US troops near Forbach (Alsace), March 1945.

Teenage German soldier, who served with the Hitlerjugend division, is taken prisoner by US troops near Forbach (Alsace), March 1945.

Werlte, Germany German children show a surrender signal in Sogel, Germany on April 10th 1945.

Werlte, Germany German children show a surrender signal in Sogel, Germany on April 10th 1945.

Civilians beginning the long task of clearing the ruins of Dresden Frausenkirche in 1952.

Civilians beginning the long task of clearing the ruins of Dresden Frausenkirche in 1952.

Trümmerfrauen, German “rubble women”, cleared post-WWII city debris and were given extra ration cards for their efforts. Cities like Dresden and Berlin were slowly restored by women who were only given basic tools and used their bare hands for this hard labor.

Trümmerfrauen, German “rubble women”, cleared post-WWII city debris and were given extra ration cards for their efforts. Cities like Dresden and Berlin were slowly restored by women who were only given basic tools and used their bare hands for this hard labor.

German POW, broken men, and civilians get medical attention in the open near Brandenberg gate. April 1945, Berlin.

German POW, broken men, and civilians get medical attention in the open near Brandenberg gate. April 1945, Berlin.

A German woman who has returned to Berlin from the evacuation area only to find her house has been destroyed, sits with her son and weeps in despair. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

A German woman who has returned to Berlin from the evacuation area only to find her house has been destroyed, sits with her son and weeps in despair. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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