Thursday, January 5, 2012
Photographs by German Soldiers
Recently, I came across a site that features thousands of photographs taken by German Soldiers as they invaded Poland and spread across the country. The site is called Bagnowka. You can click here to enter it.
The photos are mundane and touching, directed and random, unexpected and expected. There are no captions, no explanations, so that I find myself wondering about them, about who took them and what happened to the person who took them and what happened to the people who appear in the photos. Finally, I realized I'll never know, and I just kept looking through the photos.
What I do know, however, is that the photos show me something of what life was like for the German invaders and the Poles who suffered the invasion.
You can look at the photos individually, and they are arranged in fourteen different groups: Sept. 1939, Children of War, Life in Wartime, Warsaw and other towns, Holocaust, Expulsion, Damages, Russia, War Prisoners, War Victims, Horses, Communism, Collaboration, and War Cemeteries.
Also, a number of the photos have been gathered together as youtube videos under themes or topics accompanied by music. Here's one of them, called Butchers of Warsaw.