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© John Linton
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UploadedMay 5, 2008
TakenMay 5, 2008
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Laura's powerful photo of the Jewish cemetery in her town got me thinking about when I was just a lad...well actually a world class military brat in the making...and my father was stationed in Kassel, Germany. I remember kind Papa Rattenhover and his son Hans. When it came time for us to leave they wanted us to have some things. Papa gave us his World War I dress helmet (all that remains is the metal emblem) and some worthless examples of German Marks at the height of the inflation that struck Germany in the 20s (10,000,000 marks to the dollar). Hans gave us his book (as a Hitler Youth he was expected to collect all the pertinent pictures from the backs of cigarette packs and paste them in their designated spot). I don't think they wanted them anymore and perhaps they hoped they could show us in some way the nightmare they had gone through (and somehow survived). Hans wrote inside the cover: "1935 When I was a boy I collected these pictures and got a book, which represents 'Struggle for the 3rd Rich,' In Friendship, Hans Rattenhover, Munich 56."

Thanks to peggy gardner and Patty Gross for the spotlights.

104 responses

  • catharine amato

    catharine amato gave props (4 May 2008):

    nice still life and fascinating story behind it

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (5 May 2008):

    Excellent....nice still life...a shame about the Pickelhaube (helmet) but leather is very tough to conserve. Great job on the paper items.

  • Pilar Coll i Gatells

    Pilar Coll i Gatells said (5 May 2008):

    Sense paraules!

  • Jason Pierce

    Jason Pierce gave props (5 May 2008):

    Powerful story. This really was worth sharing.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (9 May 2008):

    I showed this to my husband, yes, we all agree excellent photo, but turbulent, terrible times....

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (14 May 2008):

    Why we must never forget.

  • Lindsay

    Lindsay gave props (9 Jun 2008):

    what an amazing and powerful shot and story. great work John

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (26 Oct 2008):

    very interesting!

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson gave props (30 Nov 2008):

    Fantastic momentos!

  • Allan Meek

    Allan Meek (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2010):

    Lovely memory John, and good choice of colour for this one.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    beautifully done butch.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    I love this John and the history. Thanks for sharing!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    This is so beautifully captured and such a treasure! My vote.

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    A special one... Yeah voted!!!

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    the image on the book cover feels slightly unreal to me. strange and fascinating, john

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    A great entry John, and I love the warm lighting with the sepia tone!...Narrative interesting too and a keepsake to treasure of an earlier time in history. You definitely have my vote!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    My vote!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (10 Feb 2011):

    This is a pass me down photo and perfect for the theme, very well done John, Bravo!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (11 Feb 2011):

    Outstanding!! RAD!!

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (11 Feb 2011):

    What a story and great entry...voted !!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (11 Feb 2011):

    Gets my vote, John -- reminder of times not so good in the Twentieth Century.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (11 Feb 2011):

    Awesome image! Very unique keepsakes of such a horrific time in history. Voted..

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (11 Feb 2011):

    this is a wonderful submission, John!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    Powerful image, John. Thanks so much for sharing, along with the story behind it. For sure my vote.


    JOE FAILK gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    Yea Rad Vote!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (13 Feb 2011):

    Painful subject, voted!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (14 Feb 2011):

    A wonderful but sobering collection of mementos. A very unique entry! voted.

  • Anthony Jalandoni

    Anthony Jalandoni gave props (14 Feb 2011):

    Powerful! You got my vote!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (15 Feb 2011):

    A powerful image and story, indeed. Got my vote...

  • Vicki Koch

    Vicki Koch said (16 Feb 2011):

    What a human will do to another human is so sad... I am glad they made it through and I am sorry they had to go through it and yet, today we have people going through terrible things as well, either attacked by gangs, attacked by their husbands, attacked by their wife, attacked from their neighbor, we haven't anything from the past.... ♥

    Nice Capture John

  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo gave props (17 Feb 2011):

    My vote!!!!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (17 Feb 2011):

    my vote

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (17 Feb 2011):

    a great theme entry, John! voted.

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (18 Feb 2011):

    well done! voted.

  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda gave props (18 Feb 2011):

    Excellent... My vote

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (19 Feb 2011):

    my vote.....museum worthy - a time capsule of a subconscious period - amazed by your proximity. fascinating JL

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles gave props (19 Feb 2011):

    wow, voted

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (20 Feb 2011):

    Great, voted

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (21 Feb 2011):

    My Vote!

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (22 Feb 2011):


  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (22 Feb 2011):

    voted for this entry & member of the week!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (24 Feb 2011):

    Hitler was a student of the indian wars, ...he learned from who our ge=overnment treated the indians....We let him go on wayyyy too long...Great photo and story...what an experience...Voted

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    Excellent entry - voted!

  • Kel Casey

    Kel Casey gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    Great photo, perfect use of the tone.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    WoW!! Voted!!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    Nice GMV

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (28 Feb 2011):

    Very RAD entry

  • jaume morera guixa

    jaume morera guixa gave props (2 Mar 2011):

    Angustiosamente interesante tema, pero muy buena fotografia John.!!!!


    PINAKI SARKAR gave props (2 Mar 2011):

    great photot

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (4 Mar 2011):

    An amazing collection of nostaligia John, powerful narrative - thankyou!

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (4 Mar 2011):

    Amazing ! My vote !

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (5 Mar 2011):

    beautiful !!! fantastic capture!!!!

  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (5 Mar 2011):

    Beautiful! Get's my vote!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (5 Mar 2011):

    Has my vote!!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (5 Mar 2011):

    Wow, is all I can say. Voted.

  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford (Deleted) gave props (7 Mar 2011):

    V for sure.

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (7 Mar 2011):

    Quite a remarkable collection! Your papa's helmet deteriorated?

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (11 Mar 2011):

    another great 1..Voted!

  • Konrad Ragnarsson

    Konrad Ragnarsson gave props (12 Mar 2011):

    Great story and picture John!!!!!!!!! My vote!!!!

  • christa masters

    christa masters gave props (14 Mar 2011):

    nice tone, very interesting subject, voted!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (14 Mar 2011):

    my vote for this great entry. Love it

  • Melissa Rieman

    Melissa Rieman gave props (17 Mar 2011):

    VOTED! A very powerful entry! I'm impressed!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (17 Mar 2011):

    Thanks, John. "Yeah!" R

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (23 Mar 2011):

    Classic!..yes voted

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (23 Mar 2011):

    Oi...,lest we forget.

  • Chris Jennings

    Chris Jennings gave props (27 Mar 2011):

    Powerful story and entirely complementary presentation.

  • Mr Mann

    Mr Mann gave props (28 Mar 2011):

    Outstanding John - you have my vote! :)

  • Delores Harshaw

    Delores Harshaw (Deleted) gave props (30 Mar 2011):

    fantastic..voted :)

  • Tom Mertens

    Tom Mertens gave props (1 Apr 2011):

    Incredible history.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (2 Apr 2011):

    Wow! what memories, John. What a life for youth in Germany at that time. Horrible, horrible.

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel (Deleted) gave props (3 Apr 2011):

    great entry!! voted!

  • Kimberly Deverell

    Kimberly Deverell gave props (6 Apr 2011):

    This is just awesome. Even though it was hard times, what a wonderful story to share.

  • Tridibesh Sanyal

    Tridibesh Sanyal said (11 Apr 2011):

    Great memories. Beautifully narrated and shot. My vote.

  • Kaki J. Luitjens

    Kaki J. Luitjens said (30 Apr 2011):

    This is totally rad! Thanks for sharing such and interesting story!!

  • Kathleen DesHotel

    Kathleen DesHotel   gave props (7 May 2011):

    voted: rad.

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour said (7 Jun 2011):

    awesome coloring. yeah! rad!

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    Cool Shot! Voted: "YEAH!"

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (19 Jun 2012):

    Well composed still life, treatment and very interesting story!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (30 Apr 2014):

    Fantastic! Voted!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 Apr 2014):

    Love the photography and the narrative... it makes a perfect memento for the theme...Treasured memories. You have my vote!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi said (30 Apr 2014):

    Back to Vote! Yeah Rad!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (30 Apr 2014):


  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (30 Apr 2014):

    cool! voted!

  • Susan Puttroff

    Susan Puttroff gave props (1 May 2014):

    love the setting...great work

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (1 May 2014):

    back to vote!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (1 May 2014):

    Outstanding, John - voted!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (1 May 2014):


  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (1 May 2014):


  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (1 May 2014):

    Superb! My vote!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (2 May 2014):

    Yeah Rad !

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (2 May 2014):


  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (3 May 2014):

    ;lNostalgic shot, but somehow, I wouldn't want them as mementos.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (4 May 2014):


  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross gave props (5 May 2014):

    Very interesting and touching collection. I love the composition here, John. My great uncle served in German in WWI, and I have many memories (photos, stack of letters he wrote from Germany and Italy, etc.). I love the history of this war, and yes, it is perfect for this theme because it was most certainly hard times. Voted.

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (5 May 2014):

    BTV yeah, of course!

  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (5 May 2014):

    My vote.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (5 May 2014):

    The story should be a book..what a memorable image with so much detail of Han's life..

  • Min Chai Liu

    Min Chai Liu gave props (5 May 2014):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (6 May 2014):

    fantastic shot..... my vote

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (6 May 2014):

    BTV and wow I remember waaay back years ago when you 1st posted this!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (8 May 2014):

    Spooky but cool, voted

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (13 May 2014):

    Brilliant!!! And Voted!!!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers gave props (28 May 2014):


  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (29 May 2014):

    Wonderful - you have my vote!

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