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American pacifist James Zwerg after being beaten by a mob in Montgomery, Alabama in 1960 as part of the Freedom Riders. Zwerg volunteered to leave the bus first upon arriving in Montgomery, knowing he’d be the blunt of the violent crowd’s aggression. He would have died that day if an anonymous black man hadn’t stepped in and saved his life by deflecting the mob’s attention to himself.
Auschwitz. Family of Slovak Jewess Lili Jacob (her aunt Tauba with her four children) awaiting Selection at the ramp in Birkenau. During the selection all were send to gas chambers. The transport from the ghetto in Beregszasz in Hungary left on May 17, 1944 and arrived on May 27, 1945. (Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Archives)
Historic Newspapers~ Red Wing Daily Republican dated 08/01/1914 -- "Extra" edition announcing the beginning of World War I. On exhibit in the News Corporation News History Gallery at the Newseum. Newseum collection Photo credit: Newseum collection
August 1943: Felice Schragenheim, a Jew living in Berlin, and Lilly Wust, mother of 4 and wife of a Nazi soldier, had a private picnic and took a few photos of themselves as a couple. That night, Felice was arrested by the Gestapo. She died at 22 in a concentration camp; Lilly lived into her 90's. The 1999 film "Aimée & Jaguar" tells the story of their passionate affair in wartime Berlin.
In 1939, on the eve of World War Two, the British governmental department, The Ministry of Information produced public reassurance posters in uniform design for the purpose of steadying the nerves of the general public and boosting morale at a time of war
"We were stolen, sold and bought together from the African continent. We got on the slave ships together. We lay back to belly in the holds of the slave ships in each others excrement and urine together, sometimes died together, and our lifeless bodies thrown overboard together. Today, we are standing up together, with faith and even some joy." SLAVERY MONUMENT, River St - Savannah GA
Howard Carter opening the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun in 1924. Although several of the foremost excavators over the past century had declared there was nothing left to find in the Valley of the Kings, Howard Carter and his sponsor, Lord Carnarvon, spent years and a lot of money searching for a tomb they weren't sure existed. Carter discovered not just an unknown ancient Egyptian tomb, but one that had lain nearly undisturbed for over 3,000 years.