World War II was the most costly war of all time. Not only did it cause damage worth trillions of dollars, but it claimed the lives of more than 70 million soldiers and civilians worldwide. The war brought about unlikely allies and rocky alliances. Amazingly, the scenes of the war on all fronts were photographed by many. Despite this, many of these photographs didn’t surface into mainstream circles, but we have them for you to see, to think about, and to digest. Some of them will be difficult to digest.
In the years between World War I and World War II, Germany suffered the troubles of hyperinflation. The Paris Peace Conference forced Germany to take full responsibility for the damages caused during the First World War, causing the country’s currency to become worthless. Here children stack bundles of cash that serve a better purpose as building blocks than as money.