ARTIFACTS: SOLDIER TOURISTS — PARIS
Soldier Tourists — Paris
Twenty-eight year old Stanley Isenberg visited Paris while on furlough in the summer of 1945. Isenberg completed medical school at New York University and was in the midst of his residency at Bellevue Hospital before joining the Army Medical Corps in January 1944. Captain Isenberg served as assistant battalion surgeon with the 44th Armored Infantry Battalion of the 6th Armored Division throughout Europe and earned several Bronze Stars for his meritorious service of “treating battle casualties under the most hazardous conditions and contributing materially to the saving of many lives.”
In addition to his talents in the medical field, Isenberg was also an avid photographer. He carried his Leica camera throughout his service in Europe, shooting images of both the nitty-gritty of the day-to-day life of a soldier and also capturing the eternal beauty and old-world charm of places such as Paris, Rome and Lugano. The documentation of his tour in Paris illustrates both the city’s lasting enchantment and also reflects the unique experience of a country newly free from Nazi occupation — only to be overrun with Allied soldier-tourists.
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