Rostov-on-Don, Russia, July 1942: German grenadiers belonging to 17.Army take a breather during street fighting. The Germans are fighting in winter uniforms. Note the satchels full of stick grenades, the indispensable weapon in street fighting.It is still early in the war and the soldiers are mature men, veterans of previous campaigns. By 1943, this age cohort had been decimated.
In 1933, Hans Bellmer, a German artist working in Berlin with a flair for Surrealism, began building and photographing a near life-size doll of a young girl. In the photographs, Bellmer presented this doll, designed to be dismantled and rebuilt, in varying states of undone, displaying her component parts parsed, the legs, arms, hands, torso, and head all neatly arranged on a palate, or else jumbled together with gauzes, artificial roses, and streams of lace.