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History Through The Eyes Of Passionate German Painter HERBERT SMAGON

Most of us are used to seeing history through the prism of the western media, especially the American and British media. That is why it is important that we get perspectives from other sources too. Here is history as seen by the intensely passionate German painter HERBERT SMAGON. 

Some of the paintings show the plight of Germans in the dying months of World War Two. Some of the paintings are too graphic to be reproduced here (God Google would frown!) but the ones that are shown here do bring out the depth of feelings of the painter.

The British and American troops called the "Crack Babies". They were the young, many of them boy soldiers, of the  SS HitlerJugend Armored Division who fought hard with complete disregard for their lives.

The German girl faces persecution and death at the hand of Czechs when Germany lost

Mere boys fight in desperation to save their country. Shown here are teenage boys of Luftwaffe manning anti-aircaraft guns as they shoot at Allied planes. They are scared, completely at sea at the situation thrust upon them. Tears streaming down their cheeks, the boys fight on....

Another such boy fights the Russians at Breslaw. One can almost empathise with what they are feeling. One curses Hitler at such times.

American plane deliberately shooting German children in Bavaria on April 20, 1945. Hitler's birthday. Wonder if it was true.

German women raped by Russian troops in Germany in 1945

Many famous folks have praised Smagon's works. Like Helmut Kohl, the former German chancellor and Tina Turner, the famous American singer.

Smagon clearly dislikes George Bush. He is shown here as a medieval knight winning many laurels for America.

For those interested in seeing more of Smagon's works kindly CLICK HERE

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