These photos depict images from the Normandy and Brittany American Cemeteries in France, on a visit in 2014. Given that June 6th is the Anniversary of D-Day the pictures fittingly commemorate this tragic event. The American soldiers that arrived to Omaha Beach on the Normandy Shore and climbed the cliff to the ridge were sacrificed by the enemy waiting for them in silence.
Like all wars, we wonder why this one, WWII was fought. Of what was the American public made aware? If you look closely at the picture entitled “The List” you will see a series of names of ‘Calvadosiens Deportes Victimes.’ Calvadosiens refers to the people on the list who came from the Department of Calvados, Normandy, who were deported under the Vichy government, a part of the French government that sympathized with the Nazis, and supported the extermination of Jews. The engraving at the top of the list depicts a train track leading to a building. This was symbolic of Auschwitz, and what these Calvadosiens saw once they arrived to their place of death – the concentration camp. The people on the list may have been Jewish, Catholic, leaders of the French Resistance, or even gypsies: groups that were customarily taken away. Click on the photos, and view them in the gallery.