Images of D-Day
On exhibit at the Aurora Hills Branch Library, Sept. – Oct. 2014
Keith Hans is an amateur photographer who has a keen interest in the history of World Two and, in particular, the story of D-Day.
As the son of parents who both fought in and supported the war effort, Keith’s trips to Normandy are very much a pilgrimage to honor the generation that helped free France and Western Europe from German occupation and end the horrors of Nazi rule.
In 2011 and 2012, work assignments to Paris and Ramstein Air Base, Germany afforded him an opportunity to return to Normandy after having last visited the area in the mid 1990’s. The trips in 2011 and 2012 were focused on photographing the areas where American GIs landed by parachute and glider, and came ashore from the sea. In many respects, it was as much about trying to better understand the events on the ground–through the eyes of the participants–in places where they fought, bled and died, as it was about pursuing photo opportunities.
Keith retired from the Air Force after 30 years of active duty service. He continues to work for the Air Force as a civilian consultant.
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