World War II Aftermath Christmas Crib

In many Eastern European countries a common tradition is building Christmas cribs. The first one is said to be credited to St. Francis of Assisi who, according to a tale, set it in a forest clearing. The crib contained the figurines of the Christmas Eve characters and living animals. Later on the venture found its followers who transformed it into a sophisticated art. One such follower built a Christmas Crib that opted to show Christmas life in post-war Germany instead of the traditional subjects. Here are some pics of the crib scenes and the description that accompanied them.

A Christmas crib in the central station in Cologne, Germany, Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, depicts a scene in the city after the end of World War II in 1945, when the city was heavily damaged by Allied bombing. The sign in the first picture reads ‘Christmas sale’.(AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz)

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website:

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