Ghosts of World War II (23 HQ photos)

Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov is an amateur photographer and vintage postcard collector who married his two passions into a very cool series of then-and-now photos with the help of our friend Photoshop. It really puts history into perspective and shows we've come a long way in a short amount of time.

Check out Sergey Larenkov’s website HERE for more cool photos.

  • ros

    Great post, cnacu6a Cep7eu! A lot of these are from Cankt-Peterburg, starting with #7 Kazan Cathredral. We in the west only have a dim idea of the horrendous catastrophe Hitler's 900 Day Siege of Leningrad (Saint-Petersburg) was. It's weird when you walk around Saint-Petersburg today and realize that virtually all the old people you see lived through it, they are as they say "Children of the Blockade". It's sort of like seeing these pics real-life.

  • TheRocker

    Cool post!

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  • FullBlownStoned

    These are awesome.

  • ckbdiver82

    really interesting and brings things into perspective i would love to see more if possible i am sure this took some serious time and effort

  • Tommy2x4

    Did the good guys win?

    • MJ81

      That depends on who you thought were the good guys…

    • Oli


  • MrCjv

    Well done. Thank you for posting these.

  • John in Austria

    I really enjoyed the photos. Even recognize some of the scenes as I live in Europe.

  • Denny

    I'm having a problem with #14. The flags above the buildings are German, however the troops are carring a soviet flag. As far as I know the Soviets were never in Paris during the war. So who's soldiers are pictured and why are they carring that flag????

    • MJ81

      The flags on the building are German cause these pictures are taken in Berlin.

  • Cheleesa Woods

    those are really really good, i liked them

  • Eric Minton

    creepy, but really cool too

  • matt

    GREAT gallery.
    This is one of the best things i have seen on Chive (sexy chivets aside of course).

  • 53classic

    Fantastic images…be nice to have captions of locations (some are obvious)

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