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The ‘Accidental’ Bombing of Prague as seen through the lens of Stanislav Maršál

Stanislav Maršál started taking photographs immediately after the air raid, capturing mainly Vinohrady but also the heavily damaged Benedictine Monastery Na Slovanech and Charles Square. He was one of the very few who documented the dead bodies of air raid victims, be it directly on the spot where they died or in churches where they were brought afterwards or  during funeral services that were held on the Míru Square. He created what is probably the most complex collection of high quality images that have ever been made on the subject.

Unique and some unpublished photographs of the bombing of Prague, taken by Stanislav Maršál, are currently archived in the Military History Institute in Prague. At last they were to be shown the light of day and were on public display in the New Town Hall in Prague from 17th February 2010.

Stanislav Maršál's book containing pretty much the only photos taken of the horrific 'accidental' bombing of Prague.

Stanislav Maršál’s book containing pretty much the only photos taken of the horrific ‘accidental’ bombing of Prague.

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One of the many bombing raids carried out by the US against German 'strategic targets'

One of the many bombing raids carried out by the US against German ‘strategic targets’

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Gröbe villa in Vinohrady

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Silesian Street

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Cleaning up around Karlova náměstí (Charles Square)

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Victims gathered in the Ignatius Church.

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Victims of the abbey on Slovanech

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Victims of the abbey on Slovanech

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Libni Train Station

Libni Train Station

The second raid in March 1945 at Libně a Vysočan

The second raid in March 1945 at Libně a Vysočan

The now homeless residents of Gorazdova Street

The now homeless residents of Gorazdova Street

The removal of debris was aided by the members of the 'Special Sections' team.

The removal of debris was aided by the members of the ‘Special Sections’ team.

Soup break in Karlovo náměstí (Charles Square)

Soup break in Karlovo náměstí (Charles Square)

Soup break in Karlovo náměstí (Charles Square)

Soup break in Karlovo náměstí (Charles Square)

Unexploded American puma 250 kg bomb

Unexploded American puma 250 kg bomb

Vysočanská incinerator

Vysočanská incinerator

Warning sign on the border of Libně a Vysočan

Warning sign on the border of Libně a Vysočan

After the February raid many Locals pay for water to municipal pumps

After the February raid many Locals pay for water to municipal pumps

 

Funeral Assembly on February 18 at the Imperial Square (Peace Square)

Funeral Assembly on February 18 at the Imperial Square (Peace Square)

 

 

 

 

 

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