Friday, September 27, 2013

The Last Frontier - Lisbon During Wartime (3 of 3)

Portugal's neutrality made its capital, Lisbon, the gateway to freedom out of a predominantly Nazi-occupied Europe. Here, Jewish exiles, anti-Nazis and Gestapo Agents all rubbed elbows in the city of light that defied the wartime blackouts that were common in the rest of Europe.



Rationing in Lisbon: bread cupons and a queue to a bakery

Exhibition at the Terreiro do Paço Square West Pavilion

18 comments:

Kate said...

All of these images are sobering. So sad that humans still have not learned the terrible cost of conflicts and wars.

Sharon said...

That was such a terrible time in history. I've often wondered how people could have been so cruel and evil but I see what is going on in the middle east and even the anti-immegrant stance in Greece and I see that extreme hatred still is flourishing in many places.

TexWisGirl said...

i cannot imagine...

Sylvia K said...

One can't help but wonder, does the hatred and cruelty ever end?? Sobering this is indeed!

Mersad said...

Great post. Love the stamp picture.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Gert Jan Hermus said...

You wrote a very impressive series. It is good to remember and to spread the stories of this terrible part of our history!

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VP said...

Always better than war...

JM said...

@VP: Absolutely!

Kay said...

What terrible times, yet we never seem to learn from them.

Thanks for posting this series.

Kovács Miklós said...

Sad photos of a sad period. I fully agree with VP.
Have a nice weekend
Greetings

Linda said...

My father was a prisoner in WWII...this post really touches my heart.

Jack said...

Great series, JM. It is hard to imagine the scarcity in so many European countries in the wake of World War II.

Laura. M said...

Mi madre siempre contaba que cuando yo nací se acabó el racionamiento en España, fue en 1951... y tenía dos hijos más...hoy en algunos paises esto sigue igual.
Un beso

Joan Elizabeth said...

The photos and perspective of your country during the war has been very interesting.

We have an ongoing debate in Australia regarding the constant arrivals of "boat people", refugees escaping their countries and risking their lives in leaky boats to get here.

Lowell said...

These were the "good ol' days"? Tough times. May they never happen again!

Arija said...

I well remember standing in a bread queue and invariably getting t the counter just as they were sold out.

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting. So much I don't know about the real happenings of those war years. MB

Stickup Artist said...

An impressive presentation of history as related to your country. One only hopes that we are evolving as a species and that as time goes on, we are kinder and more loving towards our fellows and indeed, all inhabitants of our gorgeous planet. Great series of posts!