German soldiers of the 6th Parachute Division (6. Fallschirmjäger-Division) who had surrendered to Canadian forces march past curious Dutch civilians on their way to the port city of Den Helder. North Holland, Netherlands. May 1945. Image taken by Jacq Stevens.
In the spring of 2007, Chris Baio began booking the band’s first national tour as he finished a degree in Russian Regional Studies (the remaining members of the band graduated in May of 2006). Ezra Koenig was preparing his eighth graders in Bed-Stuy for the city-wide English exams. Chris Tomson was ending his nine-month stay on a windowless fourth floor of a major label archive in midtown Manhattan. Rostam Batmanglij was wrapping up what will likely be his last film score for the foreseeable future. The band went in four ways on a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The morning after Thanksgiving, Vampire Weekend began their second sojourn across America. A couple of months after, they have released their debut album. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Dear Sir or Madam: Soon your son will drop from the sky to engage and defeat the enemy. Your frequent letters of love and encouragement will arm him with a fighting heart. With that, he cannot fail but will win glory for himself, make you proud of him and his country ever grateful for his service in its hour of need. Signed Herbert M. Sobel, Captain, Commanding.