Friday Fun: Reminder of the Past

Apologies, the pictures below are not fun or escapist by any stretch of the imagination, but I felt compelled to include them as a reminder of how far we have come and that one of the key missions of the EU was to prevent future wars in Europe (which it has not always succeeded in). This week Ireland and Denmark are celebrating 50 years since joining the EC (now EU). The UK also acceded to the EC on the same date, but, of course, has nothing to celebrate anymore.

Allied soldiers queuing for food at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin. From Imperial War Museum.
Milan in 1945, from Wikipedia.
Library in London during the Blitz, from All That’s Interesting.
The Romanian Atheneum Concert Hall, Bucharest, from Historia.ro
Dresden in 1945, from New York Times.