Eyes of War

Martin Roemers

Martin Roemers photographed and interviewed people who lost their sight as a result of World War II.In 2015 it will be 65 years since the end of World War II in Europe. After the war was over, many thousands of people would never see again. Martin Roemers photographed and interviewed some of those who lost their sight as a result of the conflict. He photographed people who would once have been enemies. Some were children at the time, seeking shelter. Others were combatants. One of his subjects was a child during the war and was blinded by flying glass as her mother rushed her to an air-raid shelter. 'What depresses me are all these new wars, and that people still cannot stand each other,' she told Roemers. 'All that grief, that's what makes me sad.''Bombs, bombs, bombs, on Rosie's head!' My mother said that I was singing that one hour before the Dortmund air-raid sirens went off.' Rosemarie Pinnau (born Germany, 1938)

'I remember a bright flash. Five weeks later I woke up in a hospital. I was as good as blind and both my legs were broken.' Eric Church (born UK, 1924)'I was assigned to a sewing workshop and had to repair uniforms. I sat by the window when a Russian plane came. I still remember that it sounded like a sewing machine.' Gerda Degenhardt (born Germany, 1926)'Do you know what I would like? To be able to see my children for a minute or even a second.'Elena Griczienko (German, born USSR, 1939)For more extensive interviews, click through the images.

 

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      Eric Church (b. UK, 1924), blinded veteran from the...

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      Albert Serdet (b. UK, 1920), blinded veteran from the...

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      GERMANY

      Herbert Jacob (b. Germany, 1925), blinded during the...

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      Sieglinde Bartelsen (b. Germany, 1934), blinded...

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      Konrad Politowski (b. 1918 in Germany) lost his sight...

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      Anja Stupp (b. Germany, 1970) was blinded in an...

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      Erich Kuehnholz (b. Germany, 1926), blinded veteran...

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      Gerda Degenhardt (b. Germany, 1926), blinded during...

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      Rudolf Soeder (born in Germany, 1924), a blinded...

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      Helene Boppert (b. Germany, 1938), blinded during the...

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      Alfons Henne (b. Germany, 1935), blinded during the...

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      Rosemarie Pinnau (b. Germany, 1938), blinded during...

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      Engelbert Josef Mauss (born in Germany, 1936) was...

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      GERMANY

      Hartmut Mehls (b. Germany, 1937) was blinded by a...

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      GERMANY

      Annemarie May (b. 1932 in Germany) lost her sight...

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      GERMANY

      Robert Grosskopf (b. Germany, 1919), blinded veteran...

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      GERMANY

      Willi Finck (b. 1923 in Germany) was blinded during...

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      Gerhard Wolf (b. 1928 in Germany) was blinded during...

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      GERMANY

      Dieter Renelt (born in Germany, 1938) was blinded as...

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      Ingelore Ziermann (b. Germany, 1924), blinded during...

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      Heinz Dembowski (b. 1920 in Germany). 'In the spring...

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      Karl Chromik (born in Germany, 1922), a blinded...

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      NETHERLANDS

      Peter Witteveen (born 1938 in the Netherlands) was...

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      Corrie Doelman (b. 1936 in the Netherlands) was...

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      Gerard Tieman (b. 1926 in the Netherlands) was...

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      Edith van der Meulen (b. Netherlands, 1931) was...

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      Hans van der Veer (b. Netherlands, 1928), was blinded...

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      RUSSIA

      Nina Golovataya (b. 1924 in the USSR) was blinded...

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      Irene Kondraschow (German, born in USSR, 1940; maiden...

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      RUSSIA

      Pavel Michalov (b. Russia, 1934) lost his sight when...

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      UNITED KINGDOM

      Barbara Bell (b. UK, 1921), blinded during the Second...

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