In one of the most infamous pictures of  WWII, a member of the SS prepares to shoot a Jewish woman with her back to him, desperate to protect her child.  A single bullet from his rifle was sufficient for both at such intimate range.  Anecdotes say that the shooter - a Hungarian Auxiliary - was drunk when he did this, and upon sobering up, was so horrified at his deed that he committed suicide.

In one of the most infamous pictures of WWII, a member of the SS prepares to shoot a Jewish woman with her back to him, desperate to protect her child. A single bullet from his rifle was sufficient for both at such intimate range. Anecdotes say that the shooter - a Hungarian Auxiliary - was drunk when he did this, and upon sobering up, was so horrified at his deed that he committed suicide.

The dead body of Benito Mussolini next to his mistress Claretta Petacci and those of other executed fascists, on display in Milan on April 29, 1945, in Piazzale Loreto year, the same place that the fascists had displayed the bodies of fifteen Milanese Civilians a earlier after executing them in retaliation for resistance activity.

The dead body of Benito Mussolini next to his mistress Claretta Petacci and those of other executed fascists, on display in Milan on April 29, 1945, in Piazzale Loreto year, the same place that the fascists had displayed the bodies of fifteen Milanese Civilians a earlier after executing them in retaliation for resistance activity.

Nazis at Ravensbruck concentration camp amputated limbs from prisoners in useless attempts to transplant them onto other inmates. Many of the victims perished as a result.:

Nazis at Ravensbruck concentration camp amputated limbs from prisoners in useless attempts to transplant them onto other inmates. Many of the victims perished as a result.:

Survivors of the Dachau concentration camp demonstrate the operation of the crematorium by pushing a corpse into one of the ovens.

Survivors of the Dachau concentration camp demonstrate the operation of the crematorium by pushing a corpse into one of the ovens.

John Snyder & His Wife Nellie Snyder. Titanic Survivors April 18, 1912

Rowing for their lives: The poignant photographs of the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic

John Snyder & His Wife Nellie Snyder. Titanic Survivors April 18, 1912

Miss America 1924

Stunning pageant photographs show the first ever Miss Americas and bathing beauties from the 1920s

This picture shows children who have been subjected to medical experiments at Auschwitz.  Note how not a single one is crying.  The stoic dignity with which the Jews of the Holocaust went to their deaths rightly shamed their murderers.

This picture shows children who have been subjected to medical experiments at Auschwitz. Note how not a single one is crying. The stoic dignity with which the Jews of the Holocaust went to their deaths rightly shamed their murderers.

A Jewish man and a non-Jewish woman pilloried by Nazi officers, presumably for an alleged involvement, Cuxhaven, Germany, July 1933. Her sign reads: "I am the biggest pig in the town and only get involved with Jews!", and his sign reads: "As a Jewish boy, I only go to bed with German girls". The man might be Oskar Dankner, owner of a cinema in Cuxhaven.

A Jewish man and a non-Jewish woman pilloried by Nazi officers, presumably for an alleged involvement, Cuxhaven, Germany, July 1933. Her sign reads: "I am the biggest pig in the town and only get involved with Jews!", and his sign reads: "As a Jewish boy, I only go to bed with German girls". The man might be Oskar Dankner, owner of a cinema in Cuxhaven.

Sometimes History Can Inspire, faith in humanity restored..

Sometimes History Can Inspire

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