The Second World Conflict in the most beautiful and iconic photographs of the American State Archives

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, which officially took place on 1st May in Italy, 8th May in Europe and 2nd September in the Pacific, the photographic exhibition tells the story of the most devastating conflict that man has ever known through the most suggestive and famous photographs of the American State Archives - National Archives and Records Administration, Library of Congress, US Navy, US Marines Corp, US Army, etc. Composed of about 60 images, the exhibition traces all the main events of the Second World Conflict on the European, North African and Pacific fronts: the invasion of France and the bombing of Great Britain, the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the invasion of Russia, the war in North Africa and the reconquest island by island of the Pacific Ocean, the extermination camps and the enslavement of millions of Europeans to replace in the factories the Germans on the war fronts , the liberation movements and the punishments of the  collaborationists, the war in Italy and the D-Day, the defeat of the Germans and the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the surrender of Japan and the hunt for Nazi hierarchs.


In addition to schools and universities (contact us for the fees), the exhibition can also be "visited" via internet by the great public (home vision): it is in fact possible, for the persons who cannot reach "la Casa di Vetro", to view the selection of images on the screens of their own home (paying € 12.50) through a reserved link and a timed password. The photographs are accompanied by an in-depth text (the same one available in the exhibition) that tells not only the images but also their context.

Curated by:

Alessandro Luigi Perna


A production of:

Eff&Ci - Facciamo Cose (We Do Things)


Pictures of:


Library of Congress

from 15 February to 27 June

and from 2 September to 19 December 2020

at La Casa di Vetro

via Luisa Sanfelice, 3 Milano


monday, wednesday, friday, saturday from 15:30 to 19:30 (last entry at 19:00)

tuesday from 15:30 to 22:00 (last entry at 21:30)

thursday and sunday closed

entry € 5,00

For schools:

in the morning by appointment with possibility

of guided tours and commented photo-projections

guided tours - € 8,00

commented photo-projections - € 10,00


How to get to la Casa di Vetro:

  • MM3 - Piazzale Lodi stop + bus 91, 92

  • Railway link - Porta Vittoria stop

  • Bus 90/91, 93 - viale Molise stop

  • Trolleybus 92 - via Costanza Arconati stop

  • Tram 12 - Piazzale Martini stop

  • Bus 66 - Piazzale Martini stop

  • Bus 84 - via Maestri Campionesi stop


Access to the reserved area

background photo of the page © Courtesy U.S. National Archives and Records Administration