photo by john florea


Hans Georg Henke was a sixteen-year old German antiaircrafter of the Hitler Youth.He was a member of the Luftwaffe anti-air squad who burst into tears as his world crumbled around him. His father died 1938 and his mother in 1944. He joined the Luftwaffe to support himself.

The photo was taken by American Photo Journalist John Florea 1945 in Hessen, in the village of Hüttenberg-Rechtenbach, which is just north of Frankfurt am Main. Young Henke was captured by the Americans and sent back home to Finsterwald. 

Later Hans-Georg Henke joined the East German Communist Party. Luckily, he and his 2 brothers all survived the war. He went on to live a full life and died in 1997.