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Though it ended nearly 70 years ago, the horrors and lessons learned from World War II still stick with us today. The physical landscapes of the places that served as a setting for the international conflict changed significantly over the decades. However, the haunting past of the war still lingers. This photography project is a powerful reminder of that.

Hitler at the Eiffel Tower.

Hitler at the Eiffel Tower.

Troops storm Normandy Beach.

Troops storm Normandy Beach.

People lay dead in the streets.

People lay dead in the streets.

Blimp goes down in flames.

Blimp goes down in flames.

A tank drives through the streets.

A tank drives through the streets.

A trolley stops to pick up riders.

A trolley stops to pick up riders.

Nazis at the Eiffel Tower.

Nazis at the Eiffel Tower.

Hitler ruins a couple”s photograph in Paris.

Hitler ruins a couple

Troops marching.

Troops marching.

(via Imgur)

These image perfectly juxtapose the peace of the present with the powerful period of war. It”s hard to believe both how much and how little things have changed over the past 70 years. I hope we will continue to learn from our terrible mistakes.

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