Sunday, November 22, 2009

Frauenkirche Munich

Munich's Frauenkirche, which we visited on July 31 of this year, as seen from the tower of Peterskirche.

A 1929 photograph of Munich's Rathaus and Frauenkirche.

The interior of Frauenkirche in ruins in 1944.

Corpus Domini procession through the streets of a ruined Munich in 1945.

The last two photographs were taken by a young Munich-based divinity student then known as Joseph Ratzinger. In 1944 and 1945, while preparing for the priesthood, Ratzinger had been assigned defense duties in Munich, manning anti-aircraft batteries during Allied bombing raids.

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