1956 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

Helmuth Pirath

01 January, 1956

'Spätheimkehrer': A German prisoner of war is reunited with his daughter. The child has not seen her father since she was one-year-old. This man was one of the last prisoners of war to be released by the Soviet Union since the end of World War II. Most German prisoners of war returned home through the Grenzdurchgangslager Friedland, in the German federal state of Niedersachsen, which was then located at the East-German border. Lager Friedland was set up in September 1945 as a transit camp for refugees, home comers, soldiers and displaced persons.

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Helmuth Pirath

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