Category: war

Historic picture shows the different expressions of six polish…

Historic picture shows the different expressions of six polish civilians moments before death by firing squad, 1939.

This group of men show a wide range of emotions: the first from the left looks anguished, the next one looks defiant, the last one looks resigned… but the man third from the left is smiling at his executioners. He knows he is sure to die as others had been executed before him, but he faces his end with a smile.

On September 3, 1939, two days after the start of the German invasion of Poland, a series of killings occurred in and around the Polish town of Bydgoszcz (German: Bromberg), where a sizable German minority lived. These killings were termed ‘Bloody Sunday’.

The Nazis exploited the deaths as grounds for a massacre of Polish inhabitants after the Wehrmacht captured the town. In an act of retaliation for the killings on Bloody Sunday, a number of Polish civilians were executed by German military units of the Einsatzgruppen, Waffen SS, and Wehrmacht.

“Your child can smile, talk, or play and does not have to sit up…

Your child can smile, talk, or play and does not have to sit up or put on a pretty face.
Algemeen Handelsblad, 12 April 1935

In April 1935, Polyfoto opened a shop in Amsterdam’s city centre. For 1 guilder, you could have a sheet made with 48 different portrait photos.

The Frank family went there to have their pictures taken. Photo sheets of all four family members have survived. Several photos were cut from the photo sheet of the 36-year-old Edith. One of these is in the photo album that Anne compiled when they were in hiding.

Secretly photographing the Holocaust: Rare photos taken by a…

Secretly photographing the Holocaust: Rare photos taken by a Jewish photographer that show daily life in the Lodz ghetto.

On December 26, 1971, fifteen Vietnam Veterans Against the War…

On December 26, 1971, fifteen Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) activists barricaded and occupied the Statue of Liberty for two days to bring attention to their cause. Simultaneous protests took place at other sites across the country, such as the historic Betsy Ross house in Philadelphia (for 45 minutes) and Travis Air Force Base in California (for 12 hours). VVAW members in California also briefly occupied the South Vietnam Government consulate in San Francisco.

17 photographs captured daily life at US Marine Corps boot camp,…

17 photographs captured daily life at US Marine Corps boot camp, Parris Island during Vietnam War.

WWII G.I waiting at bus stop with his girlfriend to go off to…

WWII G.I waiting at bus stop with his girlfriend to go off to fight the war. According to his granddaughter, he returned home.

Last days in Vietnam: The story behind the iconic image of the…

Last days in Vietnam: The story behind the iconic image of the fall of Saigon in April 1975.

20 candid vintage photographs that show German soldiers using…

20 candid vintage photographs that show German soldiers using latrines during World War I.

On western front of Korean War, corporal who is out of…

On western front of Korean War, corporal who is out of ammunition and has lost all but two of his squad, cries in anger and frustration, 1950. Photographed by David Douglas Duncan.

1940s war fashion: A young woman demonstrating how to achieve…

1940s war fashion: A young woman demonstrating how to achieve the full leg effect with liquid stockings in 1941.