War Damage in Baden and Württemberg

Monuments Men Albums in the National Gallery of Art, Department of Image Collections

At the end of World War II, soldiers of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) section were tasked with inspecting, photographing and documenting war damage of cultural sites across Europe. The images below are from two albums made by MFAA Sgt. Gordon O. Chadwick (1915 –1980). The first album was assembled in December 1945, and shows damage in Württemberg with photographs by Helga Glassner (1911 –1998), Adolf Lazi (1884 –1955), MFAA Lt. Albert C. Koch, Landesamt für Denkmalpflege (German State Office for Monument Preservation) and the Landesbildstelle (German State Agency Image).  The second album, assembled in March 1946, shows damage in Baden with photos of Bruchsal and Pforzheim by Helga Glassner, and other photographs by the Landesdenkmalamt (German State Monument Office), Karlsruhe.

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