Hope Among “The World’s Greatest Heap Of Debris”

Highwire Over Cologne 1946

World War II ravaged Cologne, Germany, destroying infrastructure, dozens of landmarks and–perhaps the hardest to rebuild–a sense of cultural substance.

After the war, sights like the one above–a woman walking a high-wire–were not uncommon, and were meant to offer those living within Cologne a brief reprieve from their quite literally ruined reality.

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Manzanar Relocation Center: American Concentration Camps Remembered

Manzanar Relocation Center

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As concentration camps were liberated toward the end of World War II, no doubt that many attributed such an achievement to the work of the United States. But just as the US federal government worked abroad to win the war and put an end to concentration camps, at home it developed some pretty horrific internment camps of its own.

Anti-Japanese sentiment was at an all-time high following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and this widespread paranoia led to the forced relocation of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent. Involuntarily placed in internment camps like Manzanar Relocation Center, Japanese-American citizens will never forget these dark years.

Internment Camps in America

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