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Destroyed church

Date: 1916 - 1918 | Identifier: 1200.1.a.9
Gelatin photograph of a destroyed church. The focus of the photograph is the crumbling archways and iron gating. A crucifix can be seen in the upper left corner hanging on what is left of the walls. There is writing on the back in German, as well as one line on the bottom of the photograph on the front. This photograph was among fourteen gelatin photographs and four printed postcards that belonged to Emil Görling. Görling, a German solider during World War I, was a member of the Aufraumungs-Arbeit (literally translated as the “clean-up” crew) in the 3rd Landwehr Division of the Imperial German Army. Görling’s division participated in the 1918 German Spring Offensive in France. The recipient of the postcards was Ewald Görling who lived in Hamburg, Germany. Date approximated. more...