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"The German ultimatum ordering the Dutch commander of Rotterdam to cease fire was delivered to him at 10:30h on 14 May 1940. At 13:22h, German bombers set the whole inner city of Rotterdam ablaze, killing 814 of its inhabitants." The photo was taken after the removal of all debris.

Deutsch: Rotterdam 1940 nach der Zerstörung und Enttrümmerung
Español: "Rotterdam después del bombardeo"
Svenska: Rotterdams centrum efter bombningen. Den svårt skadade Laurenskerk (nu restaurerad) står som den enda återstånde av Rotterdams medeltida byggnader.
Français : Centre-ville de Rotterdam après le bombardement allemand de mai 1940. Les décombres avaient déjà été déblayés au moment où la photo fut prise. L'église Saint-Laurent (Laurenskerk) a été restaurée.
Date 1940
Source ARC Identifier: 535916; U.S. Defense Visual Information Centre photo HD-SN-99-02993
Author Unknown

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