Trümmerfrauen: The Women Who Helped Rebuild Germany After World War 2 – Design You Trust

Trümmerfrauen: The Women Who Helped Rebuild Germany After World War 2

After the end of World War 2, one of the main tasks was to clear the urban areas of ruin and start rebuilding Europe—Germany in particular, where the damage was extensive. Allied bombing had laid to waste nearly every German city, town and village, destroying millions of homes, public buildings, schools, factories, as well as centuries-old cathedrals, mediaeval houses and other historic structures.

It is estimated that the war produced over 400 million cubic meters of rubble that needed to be cleared before any reconstruction plan could be undertaken. This herculean task fell upon the German women, because a large percentage of the men were already dead or were prisoners of the war. These women were called Trümmerfrauen, or “rubble women”.

These images of rubble women carrying bricks and wrangled pieces of steel with their bare hands became the symbol of the German people’s unwavering spirit, their courage, and their desire to rebuild their nation.

h/t: amusingplanet

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Stunning Entries for The International Festival of Photojournalism 2020
Strange Encounters in the Eerie Nighttime Photography of Briscoe Park
Stunning Aerial Photos of Winter in New York City
This Woman Has Dedicated Her Life To Taking Pictures Of The Oldest Trees On The Planet
Beautiful Photographs By Brock Elbank In Tribute To Freckles
Amazing Single Photo Finalists Of London Street Photography Festival 2021
"Tyne Pride And Fall": Chris Killip’s Photographs Of Britain’s Vanished Industrial Heartlands
Macro Photos Of Entire Cityscapes Captured Within A Single Drop Of Rainwater
Belgian Man Discovered Stash Of Cars Hidden In Abandoned Quarry Since World War II
Pictures Taken At The Right Angle That Will Blow You Away
Marvelous Portraits Of Beautiful Russian Women By Sergey Shatskov
Sad And Depressive Black-White Conceptual Artworks By The Russian Photographer Victoria Ivanova
The Magical Beauty Of Mushrooms Captured By Jill Bliss
Photographer Elsa Bleda Captures Istanbul In Neon Colors, Foggy And Cinematic Nightscapes
Beautiful Portraits of Vietnamese Girls From the Youth of the Republic, 1961
“No Violence Against Women” Project
This Photographer Captured The Life Of A Ping Pong Table For 5 Years
City Perspectives: Breathtaking Photography Of Hong Kong 'Anthills' By Victor Cheng
Photographer Daniel Sachon Imagines What Marilyn Monroe Would Be Like Today
These 64 Colorized Photos From The Past Will Blow You Away
Photographer Steven Burton Photoshops Out Ex-Gang Members Tattoos
One Photographer’s Quest To Bring Space Down To Earth While Protecting The Environment
Spectacular Winning Images of The Female in Focus Photography Award 2022
Stunning Portraits Of The Ukraine's Maidan Protesters