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In the Hongerwinter, Dutch rail workers went on strike to stop the Germans, who punished them by putting a hold on all maritime transport. This cut off all their food and fuel. Many Dutch went to the countryside to trade with farmers, the Allied forces dropped food from the air, but many still starved to death. (This boy, Henkie, survived.)
This is John Sharp of Leicester and he is one of the few POWs of the Second World War to survive such extreme treatment under the Japanese. Sharp was captured while attempting to escape when being used as slave labor on the Burma-Siam railway. His punishment for being caught was being tortured for three years and two weeks in a Singapore gaol, where he spent twelve months in solitary confinement with little to no food.
Reporting the position of enemy aircraft to gun crews. My Mother won an honorable pin for watching 1000 hours in a tower on a high Onondaga hill in central NYS during the Korean War in the 1950s.
Chiune Sugihara (1900-1986) Japanese consul in Kaunas, Lithuania, who saved over 2,000 Polish Jewish refugees during World War II.
Concentration camp survivor Jadwiga Dzido shows her scarred leg to the Nuremberg court, while an expert medical witness explains the nature of the procedures inflicted on her in the Ravensbrück concentration camp on November 22, 1942. The experiments, including injections of highly potent bacteria, were performed by defendants Herta Oberheuser and Fritz Ernst Fischer. December 20, 1946.
Jesse Owens Wins Gold In Nazi Germany The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games were marked by Hitler's desire to showcase Aryan supremacy and American Jesse Owens' refusal to play along. Owens won four gold medals at the games including the long jump. This photo from the medal stand of that event is one of the most powerful images in Olympic history.
German soldiers, Stalingrad, 1942.
How many among us today would be willing, even eager, to be the one standing with a gun, readying to kill with no more thought than as if stepping on an ant? Your doctor? The mechanic? Grad students, waiters, businessmen, little league coaches? The answer, if given honestly, would probably horrify us all.