Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A German WWII Prisoner Is Reunited With His Daughter for the First Time Since She Was 1 Year Old, 1956

Helmuth Pirath, the winner of World Press Photo in 1956, recorded this very heartwarming moment when a German WWII prisoner, finally released by the Soviet Union, is reunited with his 12 year old daughter who had not seen her father since she was barely a year old.

This man was part of what was known as “Die Heimkehr der Zehntausend” (The Return of the 10,000), as they were the last German prisoners of war to be released by the Soviet Union since the end of World War II. Most German prisoners of war returned home through the Grenzdurchgangslager Friedland, in the German federal state of Niedersachsen, which was then located at the East German border. Grenzdurchgangslager Friedland was set up in September 1945 as a transit camp for refugees, home comers, soldiers and displaced persons.

(Photos by Helmuth Pirath/World Press Photo of the Year 1956)

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