1956 Photo Contest, World Press Photo of the Year

Helmuth Pirath

Keystone Press

01 January, 1956

'SpƤtheimkehrer': 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, a transit camp for refugees, home-comers, soldiers and displaced persons set up in September 1945 in the German federal state of Niedersachsen, which was then located at the East-German border.

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Helmuth Pirath

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