In a never-published Vandivert photograph, LIFE war correspondent Percy Knauth (left) sifts through dirt and debris in the shallow trench in the garden of the Reich Chancellery where the bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun are believed to have been burned after their suicides. Vandivert’s typed notes around this scene include one of the more laconic of the photographer’s sometimes-slangy observations of what he witnessed while exploring outside the bunker: “[S]hattered bird feeding box on tree trunk … These bird feeding boxes are also seen all over the Berchtesgaden hangout [i.e., Hitler’s mountaintop retreat in the Bavarian Alps]. Seems to have been a great thing with Hitler.”
World War II. Liberation day. People seeking shelter behind lamp-posts at Dam square Amsterdam after German troops opened fire at the celebrating masses (22 killed, 120 injured). One of the pictures from the two films that Dutch photographer Wiel van der Randen consumed during the shoot-out on Dam square. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 7, 1945.