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Fascinating Vintage Photos of Post-WWII Luxembourg in 1949

During World War II, the German occupation of Luxembourg began in May 1940, when Nazi Germany invaded the Grand Duchy. Luxembourg was first placed under military administration but later turned into a civil administration and eventually annexed directly into Germany when the German Wehrmacht invaded the country on 10 May 1940. As a result, the royal family and government fled to exile in silence. Some people participated in passive resistance while the majority kept their heads down, avoiding conflict with the authorities.

A tiny minority of the population carried out Luxembourg’s resistance. At first, it formed spontaneously and slowly. Beginning in autumn 1940 and continuing through summer 1941, the first groups were formed without coordination and from various motivations, including liberals opposed to anti-Jewish policies and for democracy and conservative Roman Catholics with sometimes more or less national socialist tendencies.

In September 1944, Allied forces liberated Luxembourg. Luxembourg’s capital city was liberated on 10 September 1944 after U.S. forces entered near Petange on 9 September. A total of 5,700 Luxembourgish citizens died during World War II, representing 2% of the population in 1940, the highest casualty rate in Western Europe.

Below are some stunning vintage photos that show what Luxembourg looked like in 1949. Also, check what Luxembourg looked like in the 1990s.

#1 Bridge from Parapet, Luxembourg, 1949.

Bridge from Parapet, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#2 City from Rail Bridge, Luxembourg, 1949.

City from Rail Bridge, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#3 From Bridge Barranca, Luxembourg, 1949.

From Bridge Barranca, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#4 Luxembourg, 1949.

Luxembourg, 1949.

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#5 Old City Below Fortifications, Luxembourg, 1949.

Old City Below Fortifications, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#6 Old Fort in portholes into Caverns, Luxembourg, 1949.

Old Fort in portholes into Caverns, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#7 Old Peoples Home-Patton HQ in B of Bulge, Luxembourg, 1949.

Old Peoples Home-Patton HQ in B of Bulge, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#8 Palace in Luxembourg, 1949.

Palace in Luxembourg, 1949.

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#9 Park Wall and Apartments, Luxembourg, 1949.

Park Wall and Apartments, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#10 Place Guillaume- Veg Market, Luxembourg, 1949.

Place Guillaume- Veg Market, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#11 RR Bridge & Old Fortifications, Luxembourg, 1949.

RR Bridge & Old Fortifications, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#12 Street Car in Luxembourg, 1949.

Street Car in Luxembourg, 1949.

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#13 Avenue Liberte & Ave De Lagare from Station, Luxembourg, 1949.

Avenue Liberte & Ave De Lagare from Station, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#14 Old City Below Fortifications, Luxembourg, 1949.

Old City Below Fortifications, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#15 Old City Below Fortifications, Luxembourg, 1949.

Old City Below Fortifications, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#16 Old City Wall & Gate- fighting in 1914 in this direction, Luxembourg, 1949.

Old City Wall & Gate- fighting in 1914 in this direction, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#17 Old Fort-2 Cupolas, Luxembourg, 1949.

Old Fort-2 Cupolas, Luxembourg, 1949.

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#18 Rue Grande, Luxembourg, 1949.

Rue Grande, Luxembourg, 1949.

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Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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