Sometimes, one simple picture can tell you more about history than any story you might read or any document you might analyze.

Sometimes, one simple picture can tell you more about history than any story you might read or any document you might analyze.

Miep Gies, the woman who hid Anne Frank and her family for 2 years.

Miep Gies, the woman who hid Anne Frank and her family for 2 years.

Dr. Elizabeth Bruyn, an ambulance surgeon in New York City in the early 1900's

Dr. Elizabeth Bruyn, an ambulance surgeon in New York City in the early 1900's

"Each Christian girl had been nailed alive upon her cross, spikes through her feet and hands, only their hair blown by the wind, covered their bodies.” The Forgotten Armenian Genocide (in Turkey): Why It Matters Today

"Each Christian girl had been nailed alive upon her cross, spikes through her feet and hands, only their hair blown by the wind, covered their bodies.” The Forgotten Armenian Genocide (in Turkey): Why It Matters Today

Seventeen year old Lepa Radic was publicly hanged from the branch of a tree, in Bosanska Krupa in Bosnia in January 1943, for shooting at German soldiers.

Seventeen year old Lepa Radic was publicly hanged from the branch of a tree, in Bosanska Krupa in Bosnia in January 1943, for shooting at German soldiers.

Another Lady of the Krakow Crypt. A woman who was poisoned by her father on her wedding day for marrying a man he disapproved of. She lies in her wedding dress. The year was 1787.

Another Lady of the Krakow Crypt. A woman who was poisoned by her father on her wedding day for marrying a man he disapproved of. She lies in her wedding dress. The year was 1787.

Robert Capa - Chartres, France, August 18th, 1944: Just after the liberation of the town, this French woman who had had a baby with a German soldier has her head shaved as punishment.  During the middle ages, this mark of shame, denuding a woman of what was supposed to be her most seductive feature, was commonly a punishment for adultery. Shaving women's heads as a mark of retribution and humiliation was reintroduced in the 20th century and was widespread post WW2.

Robert Capa - Chartres, France, August 18th, 1944: Just after the liberation of the town, this French woman who had had a baby with a German soldier has her head shaved as punishment. During the middle ages, this mark of shame, denuding a woman of what was supposed to be her most seductive feature, was commonly a punishment for adultery. Shaving women's heads as a mark of retribution and humiliation was reintroduced in the 20th century and was widespread post WW2.

I am sorry for this, but I feel this picture is one of the most profound pictures I have ever seen of the holocaust. Women holding their children; waiting to be executed in the gas chambers. Did they know this was going to happen? What were their final thoughts?

I am sorry for this, but I feel this picture is one of the most profound pictures I have ever seen of the holocaust. Women holding their children; waiting to be executed in the gas chambers. Did they know this was going to happen? What were their final thoughts?

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