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      May 8, 1945: Two million people gathered in Times Square, NYC, to celebrate the end of World War II.

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      History - May 08, 1945 — Two million people gathered in Times Square to celebrate the end of World War II.

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    Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier (1912-1996) was a member of the resistance until 1942 when she was arrested, and sent first to Birkenau on 24 Jan 1943, then Ravensbruck. Marie-Claude remained at Ravensbruck even after the war, caring for the sick until the last POW left. Her powerful testimony at Nuremberg was devastating to the defence. Afterward, she slowly walked past the Nazis, looked each one in the eye, effectively unnerving them. Most bowed their heads; others, unrepentant, did not.

    Decomposing corpse of man with swastika arm band in Dresden, Germany, after the fire bombing during World War II.

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    Joan Clarke Murray codebreaker at Bletchley Park during World War II, became deputy head of Hut 8 in 1944. Code breaking was almost exclusively done by men during the war. Clarke was paid less than the men and felt that she was prevented from progressing further because of her gender. She was a English cryptanalyst and numismatist ~

    Metropolitan Police during the Blitz, London, ca. 1940’s

    A German orphan among the debris of his home. There were about 500,000 orphans at the end of the war.

    War criminal - Herbert Cukurs - 1900 - 1965 Cukurs was a Nazi Latvian war criminal. Caught, abducted and executed by Israeli security services. During the occupation of Latvia by Nazi Germany 1941, Cukurs became a member of the notorious ''Arajs Kommando'', responsible for many of the crimes in Latvia. A cold blooded woman and child killer; he clearly lived by the sword and died by it too.

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    Photographer Julien Bryan comforts a ten-year-old Polish girl named Kazimiera Mika, whose older sister was killed in a field near Jana Ostroroga Street in Warsaw during a German air raid by Luftwaffe (September 1939)

    In the early years of Nazi Germany, Hitler ordered the euthanasia program, codenamed Aktion T4, to eliminate those “unworthy of life”. The first series of murders were by starvation, then lethal injection before finally evolving to the gas chamber and cremation. Unlike in the concentration camps doctors, not soldiers, were put in charge of deciding those who were executed. Over 400,000 Germans were sterilized while just about 200,000 were exterminated for having various mental disabilities.

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    Soldiers sacrifice their mental health at war. Seeing all of the gruesome gore, witnessing mass deaths and being involved in stressful situations often leaves a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder. When a soldier returns home they often cannot go back to their lives like everything is perfectly fine. They have to alter their life because of the war. War can cause men to suffer.

    Children play with the shell of a dropped bomb in Berlin.

    On the 70th Anniversary of the Execution of Sophie Scholl, 22 February 1943 - Sophie Scholl was a German woman executed by the Nazis for distributing anti-Nazi pamphlets. Prison officials, in later describing the scene, emphasized the courage with which she walked to her execution. Her last words were: "How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to offer themselves up individually for a righteous cause? Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go."

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    Bataan Death March, 1942 During the Bataan Death March, American and Filipino prisoners were marched almost 80 miles to Camp O’Donnell. Starving soldiers were forced to march through the searing heat with little food, water or medical treatment. Those that were too weak, if they fell by the wayside and were either bayonetted, clubbed to death or even shot.

    World War II "girls" with their Airedales. These Airedales were used in World War II as sentry (guard) dogs. This photo most likely is English. Members of the Women Auxiliary Territorial Services cared for the dogs and exercised them; although the actual training was done by men (remember, this was in the forties)

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    In a photo that speaks of fear, bravery, and an unknown threat, members of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, commonly known as WAACs, don their first gas masks at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. The female troops were famously praised by General Douglas MacArthur, who called them “my best soldiers.”

    Student at the Florida State College for Women reading about the Pearl Harbor Attack in Tallahassee, Florida, December 1941.