Portrait of a boy during the war, London, 1945

Young boy in London sitting amongst rubble after a bombing holding a stuffed animal, 1945

“I was told he had come back from playing and found his house a shambles—his mother, father and brother dead under the rubble…he was looking up at the sky, his face an expression of both confusion and defiance. The defiance made him look like a young Winston Churchill.”

– Toni Frissell


“Portrait of a boy during the war, London, 1945” sources: Frissell, Toni, photographer. Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal amid ruins following German aerial bombing of London. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2008680191/>