National Geographic : 1944 Aug
Dever from Black Star During Lunch Hour, May 14, 1940, the Luftwaffe Leveled This Rotterdam Business Area, Marking the Start ofTotal Air War The 15th-century Groote Kerk points a blackened and accusing finger at the sky. Naked streets in foreground seem to pattern aswastika. Crosstown stragglers from habit follow Hoogstraat, once: one of Rotterdam's busiest streets. Binnenstad, the area shown, was the old town and port, thick with buildings, bustling with crowds.