Germany, France: 1946-1947.
Hardcover. Oblong quarto. Measuring 13" x 10½". String-tied blue cloth over paper boards with "Photographs" stamped in gilt on the front board. Contains 316 sepia-toned or black and white silver gelatin photographs measuring between 2" x 3" and 3½" x 4½", with captions. Near fine album with some edgewear and rubbing with near fine photographs.
A photo album compiled by a female Red Cross nurse stationed at the American base in Nuremberg, Germany. A small section of photos depict the base itself while most of the album is dedicated to the nurse’s travels throughout post-war Europe, with each photo meticulously annotated in white ink. The album begins with 26 photos from a trip to the Dachau concentration camp undertaken by a group of nurses and their Army dates. Pictured are images of the grounds and structures including the crematoria, burial ground, ovens, and exterior fences. She also photographed the memorial signs which had been erected one year after the camp’s closing which read, “This area is being retained as a shrine to the 238,000 individuals who were cremated here. Please don’t destroy.” There are photographs of “the gang” posing in the camp, one captioned “Mollie Ceraso, Marge Shumway and Me – Ovens in the Background.” One photo is captioned “Dummies – at Dachau (Guard Beating Prisoner)” and shows a U.S. soldier pretending to beat his friend.
In another series of photos the compiler documents a trip undertaken by three female nurses into the Bavarian Alps. The three women took a taxi from Nuremberg to Munich, then drove a jeep on the autobahn. These photos feature shots of the women in the jeep and a visit to a salt mine at Konigsee in the Alps. They also visited the houses of Hitler and Goering. Another section depicts a trip to Berlin with photos of the Olympic Stadium, Hitler’s government buildings, and the bunker where Hitler committed suicide. A section titled “Red Cross Sunday Tours” contains nine photos of Red Cross employees congregating in a park. The final pages of the album show trips taken to Italy, France, and elsewhere in Germany, where she photographed notable landmarks, bombed out buildings, and nurses posed with their Army dates.
A very nice collection of photographs detailing the immediate post-war tour of duty of a Red Cross nurse in Germany.