On Victory over Japan Day: A local photo from today’s anniversary, 1945
My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found here.
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Pacific. It had been a long, brutal and tragic confrontation, ending with two atomic bombings, probably the most destructive events ever unleashed by human beings. The end of the war was surely cause for celebration, and no doubt there are thousands of images of people enjoying their celebrations.
Here is the Kaufman contribution to that collection. It shows the spontaneous gathering on our street as evening was falling on August 14, 1945. A night to remember for those who lived through it — and for those who didn’t.