Russian village in the lens of the German soldier
• Russian village in the lens of a German soldier
German photographer Asimus Remmer, who served during World War II in the Wehrmacht, made in 1942-1943, a series of shots in the Kaluga region.
Asmus Remmer was born October 18, 1909 in Germany in Langbalig (Flensburg District) in the family of artist and photographer Eduard Remmer Remmer Bertha. Graduated from high school, he studied photography in the studio and her mother in Hamburg-Harburg. In 1925 he inherited his mother in a shop Langbalige. He worked as a photographer specializing in portraiture, genre and landscape photography. He was the owner of his own studio with a darkroom. In 1935 he began publishing postcards. In 1937 he passed the exam for the title of master of photography.
"Sparrow Mountain" (Worobjewa Gora). Kaluga region
From 1940 to 1945, he was a soldier of the Wehrmacht. He served in the infantry, in 1942-1943 took part in the fighting on the territory of the USSR, and then in France. In May 1945, he hits the US prison camp, where he returned in the autumn of the same year.
"threshing crops like in the old days." Kaluga region
In 1954 Remmer opened a photo studio in Flensburg, which was later handed over to his son. From 1969 to 1998 he worked in his studio in Westerland, printing photos from their own archives and archive their parents.
Soviet peasant women wash clothes in the river. Spring 1943. Kaluga region
Asmus Remmer is one of the pioneers in the field of color photography. At that time he had a little camera "Voigtländer" camera "Plaubel-Makina" (6 * 9) and color film "Agfa" for shooting slides.
Soviet peasant on the day of the Holy Trinity in the village Paterki (Paterki). Kaluga region
In his diary, Asmus Remmer describes his first meeting with Russia: "We were dropped off at the train station in Pavlinova (Kaluga region) in Kirov forest near Moscow. We made a long night shift before before sunrise saw the first Russian village. House covered with snow suddenly arose. From chimneys in the pink morning sky smoke rose. Russian woman to draw water from the well.
I got the feeling, as if I read the Bible, and I said: "And here we are at war?" At that moment, I felt sick, and my friends made me into the house. When he awoke, he saw standing in front of me on my knees Russian girl who gave to drink me a teaspoon of hot milk with honey. I told her: "I could have killed your husband, and you're worried about me."
When we passed through other Russian village, the more I realized that it would be right as can be inferred from the Russian world faster. The photograph shows me made that the Russian did not pay attention to my military uniform and treated me more as a friend! "
Village children. 1942
"In search of interesting stories, I was much more than my friends. Ahead of our column, I took a photo of a long line of horse-drawn carriages in the picturesque trees. It's called "How in 1812". We have passed more than 1,000 kilometers into the Russian Empire, and all this time I did not leave the idea in what condition we leave the country, when we leave it ... "
Soviet peasant dry hay in the village of Far Natranovo (Dalneje Natranovo), Kaluga region
presented here are the photos were made in the German rear, away from the fighting.
Soviet peasant from the village Akimovka. Winter 1943. Kaluga region
"As in 1812 year,"