Post WWII Rebuilding of Germany – The Marshall Plan and Kassel, Germany in Vibrant Color in the 1950s


PortraitsofWar recently acquired a collection of over 200 color slides taken in the mid to late 1950s depicting the rebuilding of Postwar Germany in the Kassel area.  The images follow a group of American volunteers who helped rebuild churches in and around the city.  They also were charged with feeding and taking care of refugees who were waiting for new homes to be built.  Although there is no linear progression to the photos, they nonetheless show a side of European history that has been glossed over.  The Marshall Plan brought industry and revitalization to Europe, and also brought American tourists who snapped countless photos of the rebuild process.


6 thoughts on “Post WWII Rebuilding of Germany – The Marshall Plan and Kassel, Germany in Vibrant Color in the 1950s

  1. You look at the innocent childrens faces and you wonder do they realize how blessed they were to end up on the American zone at the end of the war. I would hate to think what the Russians would have done to these beautiful little girls.

    • My mother was in Kassel in 1943 -1945 after being relocated from Lithuania through Konigberg (now Kaliningrad). She is sitting next to me telling me that the biggest fear of her life (at 10 yrs) was being in a Russian occupied area. When the Germans evacuated civilians from the East, even at 10 she knew to ask to go. She tells stories of how brutal Russian soldiers were and how kind American soldiers were. She calls the American soldiers the “finest human beings” of all of the soldiers.

  2. Pingback: 12 Photos That Show What Europe Looked Like After World War II – All In Only News

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