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World War II Images 

Four men in military uniforms on horseback look out directly at the viewer.
Dmitri Baltermants
Four Cavalrymen, World War II
1941 – 1945
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2016/2.424
Wide-angle photograph of soldiers marching through a hilly landscape. Men on horseback and a spattering of buildings dot the horizon line.
Dmitri Baltermants
The March of the German POWs
1941 – 1945
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2015/2.107
A column of men in long coats and fur hats march through a snow-covered landscape.
Dmitri Baltermants
Romanian POWs from the Battle of Stalingrad
1942
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2013/2.328
A woman carrying blankets walks down a street lined by bombed-out buildings and littered with debris while others sit outside with their belongings in the lower foreground. 
Dmitri Baltermants
The War Comes to Germany
1945
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2013/2.322
A large group of women with pickaxes and shovels dig a trench in a barren landscape.
Dmitri Baltermants
Digging Anti-Tank Trenches Near Moscow
1941
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2013/2.327
Two men in tattered winter clothing and cloth-wrapped feet stand amid rocky terrain. 
Dmitri Baltermants
Two German POWs
1945
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)
2012/2.79
Two Soviet soldiers pose with a captured and heavily damaged Nazi warplane.
Dmitri Baltermants
A Trophy of War
1941 – 1945
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2015/2.104
This image shows a view behind a group of soldiers running out of a destroyed building toward a war-ravaged street. 
Dmitri Baltermants
Battle in the Streets of Berlin
1945
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)
2012/2.74
View down the barrel of an anti-aircraft gun seen from behind the shoulder of a young soldier; another soldier with binoculars is visible in the lower left.
Dmitri Baltermants
Anti-Aircraft Gunner
1941 – 1945
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2015/2.103
Close-up view of a young soldier with a medal pinned on his breast operating a rotary crank attached to a large gun; two additional soldiers stand behind him.
Dmitri Baltermants
Artillery Commander K.M. Karabanov Protecting the Harvest
1941
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2013/2.325
A woman in a fur cap and wool coat holds a triangular flag in the lower-right foreground while buildings burn and stand in ruins behind her.
Dmitri Baltermants
Soviet Policewoman Directing Traffic, Berlin
1945
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2013/2.329
In the lower-right foreground, a soldier with a round helmet peers through binoculars. In the middle ground, other soldiers man an anti-tank gun while fog and/or smoke fills the upper register of the photograph.
Dmitri Baltermants
The Battle Awaits
1941 – 1945
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2013/2.326

The photography of World War II is often characterized by the images that emerged from the conflict surrounding the Holocaust.  While these images are undoubtedly the most powerful of all the photographs from the war, the liberation of the Jewish concentration camps could not have been possible without the valiant efforts of the Soviet Union's Red Army.  The Red Army engaged with the Nazis in eastern Europe for nearly four years as they repelled the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union and ultimately drove the Germans back to Berlin until their defeat.  These incredibly violent and casualty filled years of fighting were captured by Russian photographer Dmitri Baltermants. 


Baltermants became prominent during and after World War II for his photographs the eastern front.  Having fought in the Red Army in Ukraine, Poland, and Germany, Baltermants had the opportunity to capture images from a variety of locations for the Soviet newspaper, Na Razgrom Vraga.  While many of his most famous images were not published until the 1960s under Nikita Khrushchev due to Stalin's censorship policies, Baltermants had established himself as a notable war photographer.  Baltermants' images of the Russian front are a vital part of Soviet photojournalism and offers viewers a glimpse into the life of the Russian soldier. 


These images vary in subject, yet manage to show the severity of the war in the east.  Ranging from depictions of great Soviet victories to moments of devastation and grief, Baltermants successfully characterizes the sentiment surrounding the war.  Despite the eventual allied victory over the Nazis, the horrors of the war for the Russians in their homeland reflects the cost of war.  

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34 Collection Object Sources

Two German POWs (2012/2.79)
A Trophy of War (2015/2.104)
The Battle Awaits (2013/2.326)
Grenade Attack (2013/2.321)
Berlin is Taken (2012/2.80)
A Call to Arms (2012/2.75)
Agfa, Berlin (2012/2.77)
In the Trenches (2012/2.72)
Pipe Welder (2016/2.429)
Bayonet Attack (2014/2.313)

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