Murray Leff captures  a moment and an image:

As his infantry unit pushed into Germany in March and April of 1945, Murray Leff would pull a folding Welti camera from beneath his heavy coat and take photographs of the horrors around him.

For Leff, his use of a camera was one way to help him process war’s grim experiences.

“I think of my pictures as a time machine,” said Leff, 92, who in 1950 purchased a home in Bellerose, Queens, on the GI Bill, raised two daughters, and has lived there ever since. “Time stopped for me that moment. From a distance of 70 years, I can go back to that 1/25th of a second.”

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“One photograph was from within a foxhole, where soldiers close enough for him  to touch crouched in shin-deep water during an artillery barrage along
the Rhine River.” (
March 8, 1945 )
Photo Credit: Murray Leff

Additional images can be found here

From his memoir, Lens of an Infantryman: A World War II Memoir With Photographs From A Hidden Camera