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Woman cooking soup, Germany, 1930s

Woman cooking soup, Germany, 1930s

‘Rubble Women’, 1945-1949  ‘Trümmerfrau (literally translated as ruins woman or rubble woman) is the German-language name for women who, in the aftermath of World War II, helped clear and reconstruct the bombed cities of Germany and Austria.     Between 1945 and 1946, the Allied powers, in both West Germany and East Germany, ordered all women between 15 and 50 years of age to participate in the postwar cleanup.’

‘Rubble Women’, 1945-1949 ‘Trümmerfrau (literally translated as ruins woman or rubble woman) is the German-language name for women who, in the aftermath of World War II, helped clear and reconstruct the bombed cities of Germany and Austria. Between 1945 and 1946, the Allied powers, in both West Germany and East Germany, ordered all women between 15 and 50 years of age to participate in the postwar cleanup.’

German Empire Everyday Life women in front of a fruit shop Photographer Peter Weller Published by 'Das Blatt der Hausfrau' 19/1939Vintage property of...

German Empire Everyday Life women in front of a fruit shop Photographer Peter Weller Published by 'Das Blatt der Hausfrau' 19/1939Vintage property of...

Street scene, Germany, 1930s

Street scene, Germany, 1930s

Nurses showing the eleven babies that were born on New Year’s Day 1933 in a hospital in Berlin, Germany.

Nurses showing the eleven babies that were born on New Year’s Day 1933 in a hospital in Berlin, Germany.

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