Leipzig flat made famous in Capa war photo becomes poignant memorial

Robert Capa called them his most definitive images of the second world war. Seconds after the photographer had taken a portrait of a fresh-faced sergeant poised with a heavy machine gun on a Leipzig balcony, the soldier slumped to the floor. On 18 April 1945, in the final days of the conflict, he had been hit and killed by the bullets of a German sniper.

Capa Photo Leipzig

  • I’m sure there are so many places like that in Europe.

    • So much history, and more to come.

      • One must wonder that where one performs a mundane task, a great battle once was fought.

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  • Dana Garcia

    Very nice piece from the Guardian. Apparently it’s now okay to remark positively about Americans in WWII.

  • ntt1

    I hope the German sniper lived and had tons of kids, his DNA is about to be needed as never before.

  • tom_billesley

    US servicemen died to take Leipzig, then politicians handed it over to the Soviets.