German Civilians Wait To Be Resettled In Jüchen
In some ways, the war ending was just the beginning — another stage of a journey that would take too long to finish. Here you can see German civilians crowd the market square of Jüchen. They had been displaced during the hostilities, waiting to be able to return home.
They are not alone. It’s thought that 60 million people in Europe became refugees during the whole of the war and many were separated from their homes until long after the war ended. This particular photo was taken in 1945, but even by 1951 — a full six years after the war had ended — around a million people in Europe had yet to be resettled.
Jüchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
3 March 1945.
Image taken by Fred Ramage.