Google Earth's historical imagery feature now includes aerial footage of the aftermath of World War II, allowing users to comprehend the extent of post-war destruction by comparing photos of cities as they are today to those of bombed out cities immediately after the war.
Here's Warsaw in 1935, devastated in 1943, and restored today. You can click here to see the pictures in a bigger size.
For more imagery, including pictures of Stuttgart, Naples and Lyon, see the Google Earth blog.
Wes Alwan lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he works as a writer and researcher and attends the Institute for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture. He also participates in The Partially Examined Life, a podcast consisting of informal discussions about philosophical texts by three philosophy graduate school dropouts.