Thursday, January 29, 2009

World War II Russia - Then and Now

Ignore the fact the site is written in Russian, the way these photos have mapped scenes WW2 onto how the area now looks has created something pretty impressive and spooky at the same time. The text under the first normal photo reads,
Each day we walk along thus the streets, dying on which its defenders thought about us. On us, which with it was not judged see. But we can and remember!

See more of them here.


ghanimah said...

Great pictures, brings back memories of my trip to Russia last year.

Seeing pictures of the devastation wrought by the Nazis on the great Tsar palaces surrounding St Petersburg was heart-breaking even for a non-Russian like me.

Needless to say, and understandably, our guide made little secret of her contempt for Germans.

As an aside it seemed weird seeing loads of war memorials dated 1941-45 when you've been used to WW2 starting in 1939.

Mike Spilligan said...

I lived in Russia for seven years from the fall of the USSR. The know "the war" as the Second Great Patriotic War, and the present generations know as much about it as previous ones.
The USSR lost 22 million people and will not forget the "Nazis" for many generations to come.

Anonymous said...

The USSR was already at war in 1939-40, but on the other side (ask a Pole, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Finn...)