Little Dutch girls escort American soldiers to a dance, 1944
Photographer Margaret Bourke-White with the U.S. Bomber Command in England, 1942. See more photos here.
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Soldiers say their farewells at Pennsylvania Station New York,1943. Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt
Saying goodbye at Penn Station, New York City, 1944. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt.
Japanese refugees after WWII
American soldiers escort a group of Dutch children dressed up in traditional costume for a concert after the liberation in February, 1945
Germany unveils Roma Holocaust memorial
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has opened a memorial in Berlin to the Roma victims of the Nazi Holocaust.
Up to 500,000 Roma Gypsies were murdered by the Nazis during during World War II.
The long-delayed monument, consisting of a round pool of water and steel on which a single fresh flower will rest each day, sits opposite the Reichstag parliament building in central Berlin. Wednesday’s unveiling comes after years of delays and disputes over the memorial’s design and its cost.
Merkel stressed the crucial importance of living up to the crimes of history and providing a site to educate, to mourn the victims and to warn coming generations.
“Every generation must confront its own history afresh. That is why we must have appropriate places where that is possible where people can also go in the future when the survivors are no longer alive.”
She was joined at the opening ceremony by German President Joachim Gauck and about 100 elderly survivors, as well as the leader of the Central Council of Sinti and Roma in Germany, Romani Rose, who heads a community of about 70,000.
They observed a two-minute silence around the pool as the triangular plinth was raised from below the surface with a flower on it.
The monument was designed by Israeli artist Dani Karavan and is located near two other memorials for victims of the Nazi years, a sprawling field of pillars for the six million murdered Jews and a smaller monument for gay victims.
“Auschwitz” by the Italian poet Santino Spinelli is engraved around the rim of the dark pool in English and German, recounting the suffering and sorrow inflicted on the Roma.
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