Photographer's Note

The Niederwald Memorial above Rüdesheim shows Germania, the personification of the Second German Reich, born in the victorious 1870/71 war against France.
After the total German defeat in WW II, the lady was still intact, living in Hessia on Rhine river's right bank and therefore in the American zone of occupation.
The French, having occupated Rhineland-Palatinate on the river's left bank and facing the intact symbol of a defeated enemy only two kilometers away as the crow flies, asked the Americans to blow her up.
Thank God, U.S. military refused to do so.
Thank God, a history of 74 years of antagonism and aggression has been followed by 69 years of peace and a growing mutual understanding.
Five more years, please!

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