"Stutthof camp guards were publicly hanged, at 5.00 p.m. on July 4th, 1946 at Biskupia Gorka hill near Danzig. Trucks brought the prisoners to the execution ground, hands and legs tied with cords. The trucks were backed under the gallows and the condemned made to stand on the tailboards or on the chairs on which they had sat. When the preparations were complete, each truck was driven forward leaving them suspended. They were not hooded and given only a short drop."
It was called “The July 20 Plot,” because it was set for July 20, 1944. Led by a small group of disgruntled German officers unhappy with the direction the war was taking, the plan was to kill Hitler, take over the military, and sue for peace. Lt. Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, the last member of the conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler, died on March 8, 2013 at the age of 90.
1863 photo of John L. Burns, War of 1812 veteran and sharpshooter in the Battle of Gettysburg. Burns, born ca. 1793, was a 70-year-old veteran of the War of 1812 when he was wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg, having volunteered his services as a sharpshooter to the Federal Army. He died of pneumonia in 1872. Mr Burns' flintlock is at half-cock with the frizzen down, ready to ready to fire.
Belle Sorenson Gunness (1859-1908?) was a serial killer who had moved from Norway to Chicago in 1881. She killed most of her suitors and boyfriends, and her two daughters, Myrtle and Lucy. She may also have killed both of her husbands and all of her children, on different occasions. Her apparent motives involved collecting life insurance, cash and other valuables, and eliminating witnesses. Reports estimate that she killed between 25 and 40 people over several decades.
A poster promoting safety and orderly conduct during WWII civil defense air raid drills: "An orderly line is a safe line!" A Federal Art Project poster by Christopher DeNoon from the New York City Works Progress Administration War Service, between 1941 and 1943.
Elena Milagro de Hoyos, 21, was diagnosed with consumption in the 1920’s. Her Doctor, Carl Tanzler, fell in love with her. She died in 1931 & he stole her body from the mausoleum 2 yrs later & attempted to repair her with glass eyes & skin made of silk & wax. Her sister found out about it in 1949 & the doctor was charged but the charges were dismissed. Elena was secretly reburied in an unmarked grave. When Tanzler died in 1952, a life-sized effigy of Elena made of wax was found in his home.
Braver than any man: Revealed for the first time, the awe-inspiring courage of two British sisters who waged a one-family war on the Nazis - and were left with emotional scars that never healed
Eileen Nearne — known as Didi — was, in fact, one of the bravest secret agents of World War II. She sent over 105 radio transmissions that paved the way for Allied troop movements. The average SOE lasted 6 weeks, she worked for more 5 months. When caught, she showed exceptional courage, withstanding torture, incarceration, and concentration camps. She survived the war and was awarded the Croix de Guerre.
Nanking Massacre - a mass murder & war rape during the 6 wk period after the Japanese capture of Nanking, China on Dec 13, 1937 during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War. During this period, hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians & disarmed soldiers were murdered by soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army. Widespread rape & looting also occurred. Historians estimate that up to 300,000 people were killed.
In Soviet Union women participating in WWII were erased from history, remaining as the occasional anecdote of a female sniper or simply as medical staff or, at best, radio specialists. The word “front-line girl” (frontovichka) became a terrible insult. Hundreds thousand of girls who went to war to protect their homeland with their very lives, who came back injured or disabled, with medals for valor, had to hide it to protect themselves from public scorn.