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Civilians beginning the long task of clearing the ruins of Dresden Frausenkirche in 1952. One of the most important Lutheran churches in Dresden, it was completely destroyed in an Allied bombing raid in February 1945. Its rebuilding was finished in 2004; the interior in 2005 and was reconsecrated in October the same year.

from BBC News

In pictures: Auschwitz-Birkenau, then and now

In pictures: Auschwitz-Birkenau, then and now. A new publication by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland shows photographs taken in the extermination camp during World War II alongside pictures of the same locations today. More than a million people - most of them Jewish - were murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau during World War II.

May 08, 1945 — Two million people gathered in Times Square to celebrate the end of World War II.