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One of the only three photographs documenting the murder of the victims and the cremation of the bodies in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The pictures were taken by stealth by a member of the Sonderkommando and smuggled out by the international underground operating in the camp. The picture shows the cremation pits ... which were used when the crematoria in the camp were not functioning. A former Sonderkommando member, Alter Fajnzylberg, later described how the picture was taken at crematorium V.

Untouched for almost 70 years, the "Great Escape" tunnel has finally been unearthed. The 111-yard passage nicknamed ‘Harry’ by Allied prisoners was sealed by the Germans after the break-out from the POW camp Stalag Luft III in Poland . Despite huge interest in the subject, encouraged by the film starring Steve McQueen, the tunnel remained undisturbed over the decades because it was behind the Iron Curtain.

Appian Way, Rome...constructed over 2000 years ago and still in use today. You can still see the scars of the iron rimmed chariot wheels.

Jim Beckwourth was an African American who played a major role in the early exploration and settlement of the American West. Although there were people of many races and nationalities on the frontier, Beckwourth was the only African American who recorded his life story, and his adventures took him from the everglades of Florida to the Pacific Ocean and from southern Canada to northern Mexico.

Jim Beckwurth, Black Frontiersman

Dust Pneumonia from the Dust Bowl. Many people died from the accumulation of all the dust they breathed in, esp young children. So sad.

To protect Winston Churchill in wartime a special one-man pressure chamber was built for the personal plane which carried him many times across the Atlantic and to Casablanca, Moscow and Yalta. Churchill was warned by his doctors that it was dangerous for a man of his age and physical condition to fly above 8,000 feet.

Marijuana Crop, Crittenden County, Kentucky - This is an old photograph of a legally grown marijuana crop in rural Crittenden County, Kentucky that was taken in 1942. During World War II, the U.S. Government paid farmers in rural Kentucky to raise marijuana for national defense purposes. The marijuana plants were used to make rope. This particular crop was raised merely for the seeds, which were given back to the U.S. Government. Legal marijuana growing ended at the end of World War II.

The Holodomor: Stalin starved 10 million Ukrainians to death between 1932 and 1933

  • Sara S

    I feel Stalin was the most evil monster that ever lived on earth.

  • Scoop Erickson

    He is certainly up at the top. I think Putin has Stalinesque delusions.

  • Sara S

    I couldn't agree with you more. Exactly how I feel.

Summer of 1936. William Edward "Bud" Fields, wife Lily Rogers Fields and infant daughter Lilian at their sharecropper cabin in Hale County, Alabama. Photograph by Walker Evans. "No deceit, no looking away: a direct gaze, right at the camera. This is us, they seem to say: poor, proud and as honest as our home is bare." In the midst of such poverty I am also lifted by how white and clean that the sheets on the bed are, and how much physical labor that it took to keep them that nice.

Checkpoint Charlie (for "Checkpoint C") was the name given by the Western Allies to the only crossing point for foreigners and members of the Allied forces between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War, located at the junction of Friedrichstraße with Zimmerstraße and Mauerstraße. This is a view toward the American sector during the tense days of the October 1961 Berlin Wall standoff between U.S. and Soviet tanks on either side of the checkpoint.

In August 1961, Hans Conrad Schumann was a 19-year-old East German non-commissioned officer when, after hearing the calls of Westerns (who had been shouting Komm rüber!) took a running start at the infant Berlin Wall and into the backseat of a waiting West Berlin police car. This photograph, caught at the moment he jumped over the Wall's barbwire, made Schumann into an icon of the Cold War.

The wrecked remains of James Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder "Little Bastard" lie in the garage of a repair shop in Paso Robles, California. The car that hit him is in the back center. The 24-year-old film star was killed on the evening of September 30th when his car collided with a college student's automobile at an intersection 28 miles east of Paso Robles.