Blomberg, Germany: 1945-1948.
Hardcover. Quarto measuring 9.5" x 11". Yellow cloth over stiff paper boards with "photos" stamped in gilt on the front board. Contains 314 sepia-toned or black and white silver gelatin photographs measuring between 1" x 1" and 2" x 4" with some captions. Very good album with worn edges and some toning with near fine photographs.
A photo album kept by a displaced person at the Blomberg DP Camp between 1945 and 1948. The camp was operated in Blomberg in the British Sector of occupied Germany and contains persons from Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia. The album chronicles life in the camp and surrounding city and countryside. The occupants of the camp passed the time in a variety of ways. Photos of films being shown and produced are seen here as well as theatricals, choirs, and a Christmas pageant. Other activities include outdoor excursions in parks and poolside with people swimming and diving at a local pool; people touring in the city and countryside; cultural activities; and even a marriage that took place in the camp. Also featured throughout the album are portrait style photographs of the occupants of the camp. Throughout the album the camaraderie of those in the camp can be seen with relatively happy photos of people trying to rebuild their lives and making the most of their situation.
A touching, thought-provoking, and ultimately uplifting album detailing one aspect of post-war Germany.