Behind the Picture: LIFE With Joe Demler, WWII’s ‘Human Skeleton’

American Pvt. Joe Demler, photographed on the day that the notorious prison camp, Stalag 12-A in Limburg, Germany, was liberated by Allied troops, spring 1945.
Behind the Picture
John Florea—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Joe Demler was 19 years old and weighed just 70 pounds when LIFE's John Florea took his picture in a German POW camp in 1945 -- a picture that remains among the most striking portraits from WWII. Read More

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