A young man in Goettingen, Germany, Friday, looked at a stream colored green by chemicals released during a fire at a storage facility nearby and flushed into the stream by water used to extinguish the fire. Police said the chemicals were harmless.
Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of the greatest photographers of our time. He himself was a German prisoner-of-war and successfully escaped to France on his third attempt. His photograph from inside Dessau exposed the society’s collective anguish in the aftermath of a war. It was a deeply personal photograph for him, and he ensured that it is a personal photograph for every viewer.
In a camp of displaced persons waiting for repatriation, a Gestapo informer who had pretended to be a refugee is discovered and exposed by a camp inmate. The faces are the most striking part of this photo. On them are the judge’s aplomb, the denouncer’s rage, the Gestapo informer’s resignation, and faces of apathy and anger that frame the picture. The picture draws the audience into that anguished circle of the wronged. Had Cartier-Bresson been a painter, these would have been the allegories of Rage and Shame standing before Justice with a Greek chorus in the background. And we are that Greek Chorus. The intimate circle ensured that we share not only Agony, but also Shame and Responsibilities in the Aftermath of a War.
A white rose was placed on barbed wire at the museum of the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz Birkenau on Friday, marking the 67th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Soviet troops.
A German truck driver shrugged as trucks were parked on a highway in Turin, Italy, Monday. Truckers blocked roads throughout Italy to protest an increase in gas prices, introduced as part of austerity measures.
An elephant calf named Uli struggled against a zookeeper who wanted to weigh him, at the zoo in Wuppertal, Germany, Thursday. Some 5,000 animals were counted, measured and weighed as part of a broad inventory.
A father and his son pulled a sled through the snow in Hessen, Germany.
A Czech truck driver had a cup of tea during a traffic jam near the border crossing at Reitzenhain, Germany.
People took pictures in front of a dead sperm whale in Meldorf, Germany, Thursday. The beached whale’s body will be recovered in the coming days and its skeleton eventually will be displayed at the Natural History Museum in Muenster, Germany.
Five-year-olds Maja Hildebrandt, center, and Josephine Becher, second from right, joined other little girls to celebrate the start of the winter carnival season in Erfurt, Germany.
Steam billows from the cooling towers of Vattenfall’s Jaenschwalde brown coal power station on a lake near Cottbus, eastern Germany in 2009.
Worker Peter Otto carried trees on the grounds of a farm during the official opening of the Christmas tree season in Stolpe, Germany.
Protestors gather around a makeshift fire in front of the European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt after a demonstration to support the “Occupy Wall Street’ movement October 15, 2011.