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The library at Holland House in London, England, mostly destroyed by the German blitz in September 1940. This iconic photograph demonstrates that the urge to browse and read lives on.  via beautiful-libraries.com

London readers continue to browse at a bombed-out library, WWII. Readers browsing through the bomb-damaged library of Holland House, London,

London Blitz - 1940 blitz victims    The Horrors of War    Heavily bandaged British infant, Margaret Curtis, badly injured during German blitzkrieg attack on London.

1940 , A heavily bandaged British infant, Margaret Curtis, badly injured in a German blitzkrieg attack on London during the Battle of Britain. Originally published in the September issue of LIFE.

Parting: Evacuees waiting for their train out of London

The kindness of strangers: A LITTLE GIRL'S WAR BY WENDY APPLETON

The Bethnal Green Tube tragedy saw 173 people crushed to death - making it the war's worst civilian disaster. But why was it censored from history? (article)

The Bethnal Green Tube tragedy saw 173 people crushed to death - making it the war's worst civilian disaster. But why was it censored from history?

The Bethnal Green Tube tragedy saw 173 people crushed to death - making it the war's worst civilian disaster. But why was it censored from h.

Happiness lights young Diana Burls face as she cradles her first Christmas present. The three-year-old, born in England during a World War II blitz, is one of the fortunate recipients of festive parcels sent from Australia. London, 1946.

Diana burl, born during the blitz, cuddles a doll, one of the gifts distributed through hoxton market mission, London the knitted clothes for girl and doll.

Londoners try to help victim of German aerial bombing, 1940. Note that the victim, despite his suffering, hasn't lost his cigarette from his lips.

Londoners help a man injured by the fall of a bomb during a German air raid,

Christmas for Evacuees, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, 1941.  Retronaut | Retronaut - See the past like you wouldn't believe.

Christmas dinner for children in a home for evacuees at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

A women checks the identification label of a boy evacuee armed with a toy gun. September 1941, UK.

A women checks the identification label of a boy evacuee armed with a toy gun.

School children inspect bomb damage in the playground of Moorside Road School, Grove Park, London. One boy is pointing to a large hole in the concrete of the playground. Several of the windows have been smashed. All the boys are carrying their gas masks. 1941.

School children inspect bomb damage in the playground of Moorside Road School, Grove Park, London. One boy is pointing to a large hole in the concrete of the playground. Several of the windows have been smashed. All the boys are carrying their gas masks.

Three wounded , but optimistic british girls with thumbs up after August 15´s bombing in Croydon airport, London. 1940

Three wounded, but optimistic british girls with thumbs up after the bombing in Croydon airport, London on August

This smiling girl, dirtied but apparently not injured, was assisted across a London street on October 23, 1940, after she was rescued from the debris of a building damaged by a bomb attack in a German daylight raid. (AP Photo)

This smiling girl, dirtied but apparently not injured, was assisted across a London street on October after she was rescued from the debris of a building damaged by a bomb attack in a German daylight raid. (AP Photo) ~j

At a London railway station, arriving troops pass by children who are being evacuated to the countryside.

"A scene at a London railway station showing troops arriving while kiddies who are being evacuated from London leave for the reception area.

Evacuees from the Clydebank Blitz, March 1941, at the Clydebank Cross of 2011. (Love these duel before & after photographs)

Evacuees from the Clydebank Blitz, March at the Clydebank Cross of (Love these duel before & after photographs)

The Clydebank Blitz 13th - 14th March 1941

Over two nights in March 1941 Clydebank was attacked by German bombers. All along the River Clyde were factories making ammunition, and shipyards. These were important targets for German bombers, but homes too were hit.

Heading out of London: Children carry their belongings in the first mass evacuation in September 1939

Some of my cousins did this. Heading out of London: Children carry their belongings in the first mass evacuation in September 1939