Death of Max Robin, one of the two children of the ruins of Saint-Lô

Immortalized by an American photographer in August 1944 facing the ruins of Saint-Lô alongside his brothers Jean, Max Robin (gray sweater) died.
Photo: US National Archives

November 30th, 2017: Death of Max Robin, one of the two children of the ruins of Saint-Lô
Author: Thierry Valoi
Information source: Tendance Ouest

“Max Robin, the child with a gray sweater, 13 years old at the time, photographed in August 1944 in the ruins of Saint-Lô devastated by a bombing, died at the age of 86, at Béziers (Herault). On the picture, he appeared with his brother, then 9 years old. The two children had been immortalized by GIs of a US Army Signal unit. […]

At the moment the cliché was taken, the two children were then looking for their father in the rubble of the destroyed city. They will learn, later, that at that time, he had already been executed by the Germans on June 15, 1944, for acts of resistance, with ten other Manchois resistance in Beaucoudray (Manche).”

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