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Stalingrad’s Madonna December 25, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Stalingrad's Madonna

In late 1942 Kurt Reuber (obit 1944) found himself in the Stalingrad Kessel where 300,000 Axis troops awaited almost certain death, surrounded by an understandably vengeful Soviet enemy: only 6000 would survive the war. As the festivities drew near Reuber – curiously, given his subject a Protestant pastor – sketched this beautiful madonna that became […]

Image: Dancing to Save the World October 18, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Image: Dancing to Save the World

Mirella over at History and Women has the happy phrase, ‘Wordless Wednesday’, for her regular posts with images. And this ‘wordless’ approach is certainly the sensible one. But Beachcombing gets worryingly loquacious when powerful pictures come up and today is going to be no exception. The photograph above was one of a series of the […]

Women Drivers in Stalingrad August 22, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Women Drivers in Stalingrad

                            Beachcombing has already offered readers a series of his WIBT (‘wish I’d been there’) moments and couldn’t resist the following vignette that though unimportant in intention and outcome catches something of the Soviet Union in its worst years. Stalingrad in late […]