Moment of Liberation

Friday the 13th of April, 1945

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A view outside of the Farsleben train at the moment of liberation, Friday the 13th of April, 1945. Two American tank commanders in Sherman light tanks and their major in a jeep liberate the train, deep in the heart of Nazi Germany. Stunned survivors come to the realization that they are saved from imminent death. Major Benjamin snaps the photo.

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The True Story Behind This Stunning 1945 Liberation Photo

…New York History teacher, Matthew Rozell… in July 2001 interviewed World War II US Army tank commander Carrol Walsh… [about the] Farsleben train and a good friend named George Gross who had the negative of this photo as well as ten others. … Rozell found Mr. Gross… took down an amazing narrative, and after posting that narrative and photos on the blog, he figured the project was more-or-less over.

A few years later, people who either were ON that train or related to someone who was started to reach out.  Mr. Rozell had created a space that allowed these people to connect, and since then the group has collectively tracked down 275 survivors and have helped organize or support 10 reunions.  

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One of the only group photos showing many of those liberated.  If you look closely, you’ll see some over-joyed children there toward the front!

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More at the oldphotoarchive.com link


h/t Bookworm, 2019 Mar 6:
#DearFellowJews: a hashtag to help a #Jexodus (or #Jexit)

Avatarmindful webworker commented
Thank you for the Farsleben link. How heartwrenching to see these people, having at the last moment been snatched from certain death. Joyous for their sake – especially those beautiful children – and for all those freed that they represent, but also evoking the agony, for all those not spared.

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