Monday, February 18, 2013

London Bombing



Toy Week continues with this gripping photograph of a young child after a German Air Raid Bombing on London. The child is sitting alone in the ruble with his stuffed animal. Looking at the child's face, I am reminded of the British term of "Keeping a Stiff Upper Lip". You can see the child is terrified, but yet is holding back tears. Truly a remarkable photograph.

14 comments:

  1. An especially poignant photo, PJM. He is probably in a state of shock, judging by his surroundings. I wonder if his mother who probably made his well-loved stuffed animal is still alive? Very stirring.
    -Anne K.

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    1. The title of the photo is 'Abandoned Boy' (by Toni Frissell, 1945) so I'm afraid he might have lost his mother. Here is another picture of the boy "He lost his home along with his parents and brother in the German bombing"

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    2. Thanks, Rob.
      -Anne K.

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  2. I have taken time to look at every single photo of the "toy series" and of all of them this one speaks volumes.
    I just finished a book recently called "The Book Thief" which is a story about children during WWII, and how they coped with such turbulent times. The minute I saw this picture I thought of that story.

    Heart breaking.

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  4. I can't help but wonder if he (the boy) is still alive. The stories he could tell.

    A very touching photo.

    Graham in St. John's

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    1. I totally agree with you. I keep coming back to this photo wondering what the rest of the story is.

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  5. He is being very brave.

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  6. Read about the German bombs in a great book called "Human Smoke" Nicholson Baker's pacifist history of World War II which is an eloquent and passionate assault on the idea that targeting civilians can ever be justified.

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  7. Oh that brings tears to my eyes...It makes you want to reach into the photo, take his hand and lead him to safety.

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  8. Tough stock, those Brits were.
    I bet that young man grew up to be a strong gentleman.

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  9. You may be reading more into the photo than what actually happened. Children are very resilient.

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  10. Oh my, what a sad photo. All the more so as we read in the comments he lost his parents.

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