One of the first portraits of Audrey Hepburn taken after the liberation of Holland, 1946.
“We were in our cellar, where we’d been for weeks. Our area was being liberated practically house to house, and there was lots of shooting and shelling from over the river and constant bombing: explosions going on all night….Once in a while you’d go up and see how much of your house was left, and then you’d go back under again. Then early in the morning all of the sudden there was total silence. Everybody said, my God, now what’s happening? We listened for a while, and strangely enough, I thought I could hear voices and some singing–and I smelt English cigarettes.
We crept upstairs to the front door, opened it very carefully and to our amazement, our house was completely surrounded by English soldiers, all aiming their guns at us. I screamed with happiness, seeing all these cocky figures with dirty bright faces and shouted something in English. The corporal or sergeant walked up to me, and in a very gentle English voice–so different from all the German shouting we’d been used to–said, "We hear you have a German radio station in your house and we’ve come to take it away. We’re sorry to disturb you.” I laughed and said, “Go right on disturbing us.” Then a cheer went up that they’d liberated an English girl. I was the only one for miles.“ - Audrey Hepburn