May 25, 2015

Rare (and Cruel) Historic Photographs Give Breathtaking Glimpse of the Past (30 Pics)

By on Monday, May 25, 2015

1. He’s the one…

Russian slave laborer among prisoners liberated by 3rd Armored Division points out former Nazi guard who brutally beat prisoners. Germany, April 14, 1945.

2. The Seven Dwarfs Of Auschwitz
Seven dwarfs from the Ovitz family were selected by Nazi Josef Mengele for gruesome medical experiments. Mengele pulled out their teeth and eyelashes and poured boiling water in their ears.

3. Greasley defiantly confronts Heinrich Himmler
POW Horace Greasley defiantly confronts Heinrich Himmler during an inspection of the camp he was confined in. Greasley also famously escaped from the camp and snuck back in more than 200 times to meet in secret with a local German girl he had fallen in love with.
4. Children in an extermination camp
5. Hitler’s food taster tells of poisoning fears
Margot Woelk kept her secret hidden from the world, even from her husband. Then, a few months after her 95th birthday, she revealed the truth about her wartime role: Adolf Hitler’s food taster
6. Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister, murdered his six children before committing suicide with his wife as the German defeat was eminent.
7. Dr. Death performing experiments on children
In 1942 the Luftwaffe conducted experiments to learn how to treat hypothermia. One study forced subjects to endure a tank of ice water for up to three hours (see image above). Another study placed prisoners naked in the open for several hours with temperatures below freezing. The experimenters assessed different ways of rewarming survivors.

8. Family jumps out of building after apartment caught fire. Boston Fire. 1976.
9. French women publicly humiliated
France was liberated in 1944, and women accused of having been collaborated with Nazi personnel, are humiliated in public. This may seem like a war crime to today’s audience, but during a time when people were overjoyed at seeing the Nazis leave, this image would have evoked feelings of victory.
10. Wenseslao Moguel was sentenced to death by police firing squad. He was shot 9 times, including a shot to the head by a squad commander in close proximity to ensure his death. Somehow, he survived and escaped to his village to enjoy the rest of his life.
A Young Adolf Hitler
Bat-Man Paratroopers 1942
On the Pacific coast where the threat of a Japanese invasion seemed imminent, even a military experts creative juices could take a curious turn. Such was the case for the California State Guard and Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, who dreamed up the idea of bat-man paratroopers.

 The most potent argument for vaccination. A man infected with smallpox during the 1881 epidemic.
Burning money during the inflation crisis in Germany, 1920. Paper money was cheaper than coal and wood.
The results of Congenital Syphilis before penicillin was discovered.
Moody Jacobs shows a giant bruise on the side his patient, Ann Hodges, after she became the only person in history to have been struck by a meteorite.
The Telefontornet, which connected 5,000 phone lines in Stockholm.
Ilse Koch, the “bitch of Buchenwald”, in captivity. Her atrocities involved making human skin lampshades.
Abandoned asylum from the early 1900s.
This disembodied head was kept as a relic of the first “possessed” nun.
The severe effects of shellshock, what we now know as PTSD, on a WWI soldier.
 The mummified heart of Auguste Delagrange, a purported vampire. After being accused of killing over 40 people at the turn of the last century, he was finally killed in 1912. They even pierced his heart with a stake, seen here.
Old photo of strange taxidermy jewelry.
Before the advent of Tinder and, Woodsmen in Montana put out an advertisement.
Little Girl With Her Doll Sitting In The Ruins Of Her Bombed Home, London, 1940.
Hitler looking at the Gustav Railway gun (1942)
1945 – German POWs weep and sit in disgust as they watch footage shot at a German concentration camp.
Soviet soldiers stand dumfounded at a large pile of human ashes found at the Majdanek concentration camp in 1944.
Body of frozen Soviet soldier propped up by Finnish fighters to intimidate Soviet troops (1939)
A victim of the Hiroshima atomic explosion (1951)


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