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WWII Photos Seen for the First Time

Imagine unlocking a time capsule of the world as it was during World War II. Photographer Levi Bettwieser did just that when he came across 31 undeveloped rolls of film with labels spanning locations from Boston Harbor to Le Havre. The photos were taken by an unidentified American soldier stationed in Europe during the war. Bettwieser's painstaking work of processing the images is captured in Tucker Debevec's short documentary, which showcases some of the incredible prints.

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