Friday, January 14, 2011

SHADOW OF WAR



At sixteen Lothar Scholz enlisted in the Wehrmacht and fought on the Eastern Front. After the war he was forced to spy for the Russians, he escaped and was later captured and sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor in Siberia. For nine years his whole identity was nothing more than the number ΓΏ 763. He was forced to work twelve hours a day down a coal mine, with only two days off a year. He was one of the last prisoners of war released in 1955. In this photograph he is wearing his camp jacket.

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Anonymous Carsten Fleck said...

In January 2010 I went back to Germany. I've been living and working in New York City since 1996. In a way I feel like a foreigner in the country I was born in.
To use my time productively I started to work on a project that first was called "The German Project" and later evolved into "Shadow Of War: German Memories Of WWII".
Walking around in Berlin WWII is still very much alive. You are constantly reminded of its Fascist past either through shrapnel marks on buildings or by memorials and museums that deal with its dark past.
What happened during that time? What did people have to go through? How do they think about what they experienced 65 years ago today?
The end result was a multimedia show that contains 23 portraits and voice recordings of German contemporaries. It is currently exhibited at the "Deutsches Haus" in New York City.
To read more about the project please go to http://www.theshadowofwar.com/

Monday, 17 January, 2011  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

This is very interesting and important story. The effects of the Second World War did not just end in 1945 and can still be seen today.

Tuesday, 18 January, 2011  
Blogger Catherine L said...

It is indeed wonderful to see what you have achieved, and I am / we are grateful that you found this blog and shared this with us. I am passing the info around to my US & Canadian friends and relatives. And also to the few people I know in Germany.
Thanks again, and keep up the good work!

Tuesday, 18 January, 2011  

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