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June 1st, 2013, 11:03
Highly depends on the country.
Germany was still soo much backwards oriented in the 50s … only the late 69s could breach this quite a bit. The 70s were the years of the scandals : Where what older people did during the Nazi time finally came to light … And even nowadays similar discoveries are made …
In Germany, post WWII, there were primarily the "Trümmerfrauen". Men were dead or captured, women were the only ones left, and one had to tidy the ruins of the towns … Of course they were never really paid for their work as they should have been … A German movie about this is "Ramadama", which is Bavarian dialect meaning "tidying we do", literally translated.

Short English-language article here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tr%C3%BCmmerfrau
The German-language article is of course much, much longer …

By the way, the English band called OMD did a single called "Dresden".
Which is related, because Allied Bombers turned Dresden, a town stacking full with Refugees, into a town consisting mostly of ruins.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing…n_World_War_II
Bomber Harris is a name many people from Germany still know : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomber_Harris

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