I remember this picture in our "best of Life" book... so beautiful and so tragic. The Most Beautiful Suicide On May Day, just after leaving her fiancé, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. ‘He is much better off without me … I wouldn’t make a good wife for anybody,’ … Then she crossed it out. She went to the observation platform of the Empire State Building. Through the mist she gazed at the street, 86 floors below. Then she jumped. In her desperat...
Sudeten German civilians are forced to walk past bodies of 30 Jewish women starved to death by SS troops in a 300 mile march across Czechoslovakia. Buried in shallow graves in Volary, Czechoslovakia, the bodies were exhumed by German civilians working under direction of Medics of 5th Infantry Division, U.S. Third Army. Coffins are awaiting the remains, which were eventually buried in the Volary cemetery.
Wilhelm Hosenfeld (2 May 1895 – 13 August 1952), was a German Army officer who rose to the rank of Hauptmann by the end of the war. He helped to hide or rescue several Poles, including Jews, in Nazi-occupied Poland, and is perhaps most remembered for helping Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman to survive, hidden, in the ruins of Warsaw during the last months of 1944. He died in Soviet captivity on 13 August 1952, from injury possibly sustained during torture.
Orli Wald was a member of the German Resistance in Nazi Germany. She was arrested in 1936 and charged with high treason, whereupon she served four and a half years in a women's prison, followed by "protective custody" in Nazi concentration camps until 1945, when she escaped. She was a prisoner functionary in the infirmary at Auschwitz-Birkenau and because of her helpfulness to Jewish and other prisoners, was called the "Angel of Auschwitz".
French resistance members shave the head of a girl who had sexual relations with German occupiers. 29 August, 1944. Los miembros de la resistencia francesa afeitan la cabeza de una joven que tuvo relaciones sexuales con ocupantes alemanes. 29 de agosto 1944.
Otto, Margot and Anne Frank.probably about 1932.Otto was the only survivor of the family and returned to Amsterdam after the war. He found that Anne's diary had been saved.He was so very happy,and his efforts had it published in 1947,It was translated from Dutch and was published in 1952 as "The Diary of A Young Girl"
Irma Grese, “the Beast of Belsen” (1923-1945) - a former nursing assistant and teenage Nazi SS auxiliary female guard in Auschwitz and Belsen concentration camps. Under the Nazi system, Irma was trained to function as a state serial killer, but in the end began to kill for her own hedonistic needs. She had a dark compulsion to torture and kill inmates in her charge and became so excessively homicidal that even male SS guards began to complain. She was hung by the British on December 13th…