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Ghosts of WW2 Blended Into Present Day Pictures

Published 4 years ago

Usually it’s hard to relate to the stories we read in our history books – even if we know that these things happened where we now live. Dutch historian Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse attempts to show us how close the past actually is to us, by combining the World War II pictures with the present day ones in her Ghosts of War series.

Jo works with the authentic WWII pictures she once came across at a flee market and spends hours looking for the same locations in order to take a “now” picture and merge the two together. The almost transparent ghostly figures of soldiers put the familiar places of the cities to a completely different context. “I try to make people realize that story is all around us,” says Jo. Check out these powerful images – maybe you’ve walked down one of those streets yourself!

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“Cherbourg, avenue de Paris, ancient Poste de Police, jardin Public.”

“Captain WH Hooper, who commands the Company of the 314th IR of the 79th IUS D and some of his men surround a column of German prisoners. Column takes a southerly direction, it will join the POW camps located on the plateau of the Mountain Roule, near the farm of Fieffe.”

“Rue Armand Levéel à Cherbourg.”

“Corner covered, 1943, Acireale, Sicily”

“American troops in the center of Cherbourg pass under a balcony with English, American and French flags.”

“France, 1944. Rue des Fossés Plissons à Domfront (Orne). German soldiers surrendering.”

“At la Madeleine, a hamlet of the town of Sainte Marie du Mont, Utah Beach area. A group of U.S. Fire Engineering leaving the chapel.”

“Allied vehicles drive past Palace Noordeinde, The Hague, (may 1945)”

“German soldiers walking back to Germany after their surrender, walk passed a man with a Dutch flag. The Hague, may 1945.”

“Allied soldiers walking towards center of Eindhoven, September 18th 1944, Frankrijkstraat Eindhoven.”

“On may 7th (2 days after German capitulation) thousands of Dutch people were waiting for the liberators to arrive on the Dam square in Amsterdam…Then for some reason the Germans placed a machinegun on the balcony and started shooting into the crowds… It has always remained uncertain why it happened but the sad result was that at the brink of peace 120 people were badly injured and 22 died.”

“Auschwitz I, January 27th 1945. Russian soldiers with prisoners of Block 19, the quarantine blockhouse in the medical section of the camp.”

“Saint Marcouf (Manche)”

“People are waiting for the liberators. (may 1945)”

“Shopkeeper standing in front of his shop.”

“A group of civilians and GI’s in front of the notary office of Trévières Street Octave Mirbeau. The entrance is decorated with French and allied flags.”

“Rue Dom Pedro, civilians and American soldiers tear down the sign indicating the headquarters of the Todt organization in Cherbourg.”

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