A large mountain of rubble lies in front of a single-story work building in World War II Italy. The shed is in a dilapidated state, having been worn down over time due to age. The debris fragments are from unknown buildings that were destroyed by warring forces during the war. The pieces are entirely unrecognizable, giving testament to the level of damage and destruction that was done to the country.
From the pile of debris comes forth an immediate message of pain and suffering: even some of the most powerful structures cannot survive the wrath of war, and it's heartbreaking to think how many homes of civilians also came crashing down as well. And yet, the modest, shabby building standing behind the rubble represents how sometimes even the smallest things are able to endure the most hardship. As such, this image also signifies a new beginning: despite the overbearing destruction, it gives the impression that from these remains, something stronger will emerge and persevere.
Taken by George Sakata. George was a member of the infamous 100th Division 442nd Nisei Regimental Combat Team in WWII. This was the only Japanese American unit in WWII and was nicknamed the "Go For Broke" unit. The 442nd had a casualty rate of 93% and was awarded 21 Medal of Honors. George Sakata is featured on our website. For more information on the 442nd RCB unit.