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Fascinating Historical Photos of Post-War Germany by American Photographer

Approximately eight million foreign displaced persons lived in Germany at the end of the war; the majority of whom were forced laborers and prisoners, including about 400,000 from the concentration camp system, survivors from a much greater number of people who had died of starvation, harsh conditions, murder, or from being worked to death.

From 1944 to 1950, some 12-14 million German-speaking refugees and exiles arrived in western and central Germany from eastern provinces and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. It is estimated that 2 million of them died on the route.

The Allies divided Berlin and Germany’s remaining territory into four occupation zones following the surrender of Nazi Germany. The western sectors, controlled by France, Britain, and the United States, merged on 23 May 1949 to form the Federal Republic of Germany; on 7 October 1949, the Soviet Zone became the German Democratic Republic.

Below are some stunning photos from Ann Longmore-Etheridge were taken by her father, James Arthur Longmore, that show Germany in 1946 and 1947.

#1 Niederwald Lodge, a rest hotel for allied troops, 1946

Niederwald Lodge, a rest hotel for allied troops, 1946

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#2 Ruins of Frankfurt, 1946

Ruins of Frankfurt, 1946

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#3 Germany in 1946

Germany in 1946

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#4 Germany in 1946

Germany in 1946

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#5 Germany in 1946

Germany in 1946

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#6 Bad Nauheim Community Shopping Center, Bad Nauheim, summer 1947

Bad Nauheim Community Shopping Center, Bad Nauheim, summer 1947

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#7 Bad Nauheim, Kurhaus, summer 1947

Bad Nauheim, Kurhaus, summer 1947

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#8 Bad Nauheim, Kurhaus, summer 1947

Bad Nauheim, Kurhaus, summer 1947

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#9 Bad Nauheim, Kurhaus, summer 1947

Bad Nauheim, Kurhaus, summer 1947

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#10 Bad Nauheim, summer 1947

Bad Nauheim, summer 1947

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#11 Bad Nauheim, summer 1947

Bad Nauheim, summer 1947

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#12 Bombed buildings, Frankfurt, 1947

Bombed buildings, Frankfurt, 1947

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#13 Eschenheimer Tower, Frankfurt, June 1947

Eschenheimer Tower, Frankfurt, June 1947

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#14 Eschenheimer Tower, Frankfurt, June 1947

Eschenheimer Tower, Frankfurt, June 1947

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#15 F. W. Woolworth, Frankfurt, 1947

F. W. Woolworth, Frankfurt, 1947

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#16 Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof at end of road, Frankfurt, 1947

Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof at end of road, Frankfurt, 1947

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#17 Hauptstrasse in Bad Nauheim, summer 1947

Hauptstrasse in Bad Nauheim, summer 1947

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#18 Kurhaus, Wiesbaden, summer 1947

Kurhaus, Wiesbaden, summer 1947

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#19 Kurhaus, Wiesbaden, summer 1947

Kurhaus, Wiesbaden, summer 1947

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#20 Medieval houses near Bad Nauheim, Kurhaus, summer 1947

Medieval houses near Bad Nauheim, Kurhaus, summer 1947

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#21 Mercantile building of Kaufhaus M. Schneider, Frankfurt, 1947

Mercantile building of Kaufhaus M. Schneider, Frankfurt, 1947

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#22 Frankfurt, 1947

Frankfurt, 1947

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#23 Frankfurt, 1947

Frankfurt, 1947

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#24 Frankfurt, 1947

Frankfurt, 1947

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#25 Frankfurt, 1947

Frankfurt, 1947

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#26 Frankfurt, 1947

Frankfurt, 1947

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#27 Frankfurt, 1947

Frankfurt, 1947

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#28 Frankfurt, 1947

Frankfurt, 1947

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#29 Frankfurt, 1947

Frankfurt, 1947

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#30 Frankfurt, 1947

Frankfurt, 1947

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#31 Frankfurt, 1947

Frankfurt, 1947

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#32 Frankfurt, 1947

Frankfurt, 1947

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#33 Frankfurt, 1947

Frankfurt, 1947

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#34 Radio Frankfurt, Frankfurt, 1947

Radio Frankfurt, Frankfurt, 1947

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#35 Ruins of Frankfurt, June 1947

Ruins of Frankfurt, June 1947

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#36 Schumann Theatre, Frankfurt, 1947

Schumann Theatre, Frankfurt, 1947

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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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