18. Martin Luther Statue, Dresden, Germany – 1958 and 2014
It’s quite startling to see that Martin Luther’s statue in Dresden, Germany still surrounded by what’s left of a church as late as 1958. After all, it had been 13 years since Second World War hostilities had ended. Dresden was largely reduced to rubble by intensive Allied bombing in February 1945. In fact, reconstruction of the church didn’t get under way until 1993 and took until 2005 to complete.
17. Quai des Nations, Paris – 1900 and 2017
The Quai des Nations structures were part of the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900. This event was a kind of world’s fair and featured exhibitions in purpose-built structures around the city. The earlier image shows the pavilions of Germany, Belgium and the U.S. These buildings on the bank of the River Seine were temporary and are nowhere to be seen in the 2017 shot of the same location. The Eiffel Tower, though, still stands proudly in the background.
16. Poznań, Poland – 1945 and 2017
The city of Poznań lies in central Poland. The Nazis seized it in 1939 and declared it to be part of their Third Reich. Then in 1945, the Russians swept through the country as they defeated and rolled back the Germans. Since Hitler had ordered that Poznań should be held at all costs, the city saw bitter fighting and was devastated. But careful post-war restoration saw the city center’s elegant buildings returned to their former glory.