At Auschwitz, Mengele did a number of twin studies. After the experiment was over, these twins were usually murdered and their bodies dissected. He supervised an operation by which two Gypsy children were sewn together to create conjoined twins; the hands of the children became badly infected where the veins had been resected. Mengele was almost fanatical about drawing blood from twins, mostly identical twins. He is reported to have bled some to death this way
Tombstone for Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's left arm. He was shot by friendly fire and his arm was amputated and buried in the battlefield. He survived but died 8 days later of pneumonia and is buried at Lexington, VA
theoddmentemporium: Bullet in a Bible A soldier during the Civil War had his life saved by the Bible in his pocket. He wrote to President Lincoln about it, and the President sent him a replacement with the Presidential signature.
Guerrilla Warfare. The French Resistance played a vital part in aiding the Allies to success in Western Europe -especially leading up to D-Day in June 1944. The French Resistance supplied the Allies with vital intelligence reports as well as doing a huge amount of work to disrupt the German supply and communication lines within France. No glorification, no heroism, just history. *Note the British "Sten" submachine gun shouldered by the rear most fighter.
Major Karl Plagge (1897-1957) Wehrmacht officer, engineer, and Nazi Party member who used his position as a staff officer to employ and protect some 1,240 Jews — 500 men, the others women and children, in order to help them survive the annihilation of Lithuania’s Jews. He would later testify that "I saw unbelievable things that I could not support...it was then that I began to work against the Nazis." The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial bestowed the title “Righteous Among the Nations” on him.
Sarah Rector--By the age of 10, she became the richest Black child in America. She received a land grant from the Creek Nation as part of reparations. Soon after, oil was discovered on her property. By 1912, the revenue from this oil was $371,000 per year (roughly $6.5 million today). Despite various attempts to steal her land and fortune, Sarah resisted. She went on to attend Tuskegee University and eventually settled in Kansas City, Missouri where her mansion still stands.
Judith Barsi (1978-1988) was a child actress whose most famous for her voice-over work as Ducky in The Land Before Time. She and her mother were shot to death by her abusive and jealous father after shooting them he burned them alive and committed suicide on July 25, 1988. Barsi's final film, All Dogs Go to Heaven, in which she voices the orphaned Anne-Marie, was released a year after her death and the song Love Survives, used in the movie, was dedicated to her memory.