Treblinka Cremation Pit. One observer in 1959 noticed that the soil at the Treblinka concentration camp was not brown but gray. As he felt the soil trickle through his fingers, he realized it was “coarse and sharp and filled with the fragments of human bone."
Sergeant Michael Strank (10 Nov 1919–1 Mar 1945) was one of the six Marines who raised the second flag on Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He died on Iwo Jima on 1 March 1945 when his squad came under heavy fire and was hit by friendly fire by an American shell. His death made him the first—but certainly not the last—man photographed raising the flag to die in battle.
From the Majdanek Camp: Polish Jews of Lublin marching to their death on "bloody Wednesday" November 3, 1943 --the largest mass execution carried out at any of the concentration camps in the history of the Holocaust