This is the body of Sgt. Frederick Wyllyams, Troop G, Seventh U.S. Cavalry. He was killed and mutilated by a mixed band of Sioux, Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians near Fort Wallace, Kansas, 1867. The ritual slashes on Wyllyams’ body were done after he was killed to indicate the tribal affiliation of the killer.
This photo, one of the most widely distributed after the war, shows a German soldier shooting a Ukrainian Jew during a mass execution in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, sometime between 1941 and 1943. This image is titled "The last Jew in Vinnitsa", the text that was written on the back of the photograph, which was found in a photo album belonging to a German soldier. The German is no more than 20 years old. The youth in the black uniform in the background is no more than 16.
A Japanese soldier, Yasuno Chikao, prepares to behead Australian Sergeant Leonard G. Siffleet at Aitape in New Guinea. The Australian commando from "M" Special Unit was captured while his small patrol was operating deep behind enemy lines. 1943. The photograph was discovered on the body of a dead Japanese major near Hollandia by American troops in April 1944.
A Survivor of Auschwitz. Her will to survive and see the downfall of her tormentors must have been well-nigh indomitable. I work closely with several survivors of Auschwitz and other camps, and can say from experience that even though many were subjected to degradation and pain unimaginable, they are some of the kindest, gentlest, most forgiving people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I can never forgive those who hurt them. I hope God damns them all.
A day before Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker, Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini met a more public end. He and his mistress, Clara Petacci were caught by partisans while trying to flee into Switzerland. On April 29, 1945, the two were shot to death in the small village of Giulino di Mezzegra. Their corpses were then taken to the Piazzale Loreto in Milan and strung up on meat hooks above a gas station. Crowds threw stones at the bodies for several days.