Kharkov on the map of the modern Ukraine, from the Wikipedia
The major part of the photos were taken the day after the Germans’ entry into the city, on 25 October, and they show the new German inscriptions, the burnt-out buildings, the shot tanks already taken in possession by the children, the everyday life of the city center and of the market place, those waiting for a ferry next to the blown up Lopan Bridge – with an attentive eye and rich in details so that it is worth to click on each. But three pictures show a strange ceremony: German soldiers carry a black coffin through the city, accompanied by the music of accordion, and they set it smiling on fire with pseudo-Lutheran pseudo-ceremony on the military airport. If you know what this might be, please tell it.
The thirteen black and white pictures following the color ones are not part of the series, but belong to the military photos of the Bundesarchiv. Nevertheless, according to their dates – which for some reason were cut off in this publication – they were mostly taken in the same days, at the time of the siege of Kharkov and of the entry of the German army.