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Ludwig Köchle (28. Feb. 1921- 9. Jun. 1942) 

Ludwig Köchle was born on the 28 February 1921 in Nofels, Austria. He volunteered to join the SS in 1938 and took part in the occupation of the Sudetenland.

During 1941 he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class in July and the 1st Class award in November for his actions in the area around Lushno.

His award of the Knight’s Cross was on the 28 February 1942, when an SS-Oberscharführer, in the 1. Kompanie, SS-Totenkopf-Infantry-Regiment 1, SS-Totenkopf. Which was part of Army Group North on the Eastern Front.

Köchle was killed in action on the 9 June 1942 near Polizo southwest of Lake Ilmen when he received a direct hit from an artillery shell.

An unusual snapshot of Albert Speer, Munition minister, sitting on doorsteps apparently tired, 22 Dec 1942.

Top Polish general at the surrender ceremony. All very formal and proper, but the Polish must be feeling the utter humiliation. (1939).

  • tired: stalins plans won WWII for the russians
  • wired: stalins plans lacked vision and were difficult if not impossible to achieve, and yet the collective labor of russian workers won WWII in spite of the USSR's ineffective totalitarian leadership

Hoffmann Collection. Adolf Hitler at the Obersaltzberg. Date unknown. Heinrich Hoffmann (September 12, 1885 – December 11, 1957) was a German photographer best known for his many published photographs of Adolf Hitler. Hoffmann worked in his father’s photographic shop and as a photographer in Munich from 1908.He joined the NSDAP in 1920 and was chosen by its new leader Hitler as his official photographer.

Plaszow, Poland, Camp commander Amon Leopold Goeth with his daughter, 1943.

Female rail workers in Oakland 1943

Servicing what appears to be a Mountain class locomotive

World War II represented a turning point for women’s employment in the United States. While women, especially unmarried women, had increasingly taken jobs outside the home since the turn of the century, most worked in service and clerical positions. In the early 1940s, however, wartime production combined with labor shortages to open new opportunities for women in comparitively high-paying industrial jobs…including the railroads.