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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Berlin 1949

Berlin 1949

This is my dad, John Balvin in 1949 during the Berlin Airlift. I love this shot. It looks so "Hollywood." Great light. Great man. I don' know who took it or what format. I just love it. View full size.

Russians in Berlin

I had the privilege of spending time in Berlin in the last years before the wall came down. It made me proud to be an American to hear about the Berlin Airlift. I guess it is understandable that the Russians hated the Germans, but not their horrendous treatment of them. Raping women and starving children is not justified, by any means.

The Men Who Saved Germany

My friend's dad was also a pilot in the Airlift. After working so hard to defeat it, these men quite literally saved Germany from Russia. It was an awesome task and our men did the hard work with honor. I would treasure a photo like this!

Agreed

It does look like a Hollywood glamor shot. Very handsome.

 
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