Fascinating Found Photos of the Soviet Union During WWII

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There’s a strange and disconcerting back story to this found album of vintage photographs from the Soviet Union in the 1940s. We see the strife of war, from the ruins of a city on fire to military vehicles rattling down rural roads, all captured from the enemy’s point of view by an anonymous German solider serving under General Heinz Guderian in World War II. We witness villagers curiously, studiously photographed in their rags, mesmerizing pastoral scenes of snow-gusted fields, and a motorcycle speeding down a winding path lined with birch trees — images that are at once stunning and uncomfortable, given their context. Found by English Russia on LiveJournal, check out a small sampling, and see what you think.

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