An East German soldier helping a boy cross the newly formed ‘Berlin Wall,’ 1961. Despite given orders by the East German government to let no one pass, the soldier helped the boy through the barbwire. Near the exact time this photo was taken, it was said that the soldier was seen by his superior officer who immediately detached the soldier from his unit. Concerning the fate of the soldier, most descriptions that come with photograph say that “no one knows what became of him."
Secretary-General's Message One and a half million Jewish children perished in the Holocaust – victims of persecution by the Nazis and their supporters. Tens of thousands of other children were also murdered. They included people with disabilities… as well as Roma and Sinti. All were victims of a hate-filled ideology that labelled them “inferior”. This year’s International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust is dedicated to the children – girls and boys…
Nazi photographer Hugo Jaeger took a portfolio of pictures in the newly-established ghetto of Kutno, Poland. We cannot be sure whether his motive was callousness, compassion, or mere curiosity. In a vivid and sad image, this is another, more pensive image of a beautiful young woman who was caught at a moment of time amidst the horror. Her name and fate are unknown. (October 1939)
A boy left his bike chained to a tree when he went away to war in 1914. He never returned, leaving the tree no choice but to grow around the bike. Incredible that this bike has been there for 98 years now!