Rare Color Photographs Capture Daily Life in the First Nazi Concentration Camps in 1933

From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany operated more than a thousand concentration camps on its own territory and in parts of German-occupied Europe. The first camps were established in March 1933 immediately after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. Following the 1934 purge of the SA, the concentration camps were run exclusively by the SSContinue reading “Rare Color Photographs Capture Daily Life in the First Nazi Concentration Camps in 1933”

15 Protest Signs That Sum Up the Sixties

These movements include the civil rights movement, the student movement, the anti-Vietnam War movement, the women’s movement, the gay rights movement, and the environmental movement. Each, to varying degrees, changed government policy and, perhaps more importantly, changed how almost every American lives today.

The Dancer in Birkenau: Meet the Polish-Jewish Ballerina Who Shot Nazis on Her Way to the Gas Chamber

More a certainty than a legend, a woman killed a Nazi guard at Birkenau while she was ordered to strip en route to the gas chambers. But who was she? On October 23, 1943, a transport of around 1700 Polish Jews with foreign passports were transported out of the Special Camp at the Bergen-Belsen ExchangeContinue reading “The Dancer in Birkenau: Meet the Polish-Jewish Ballerina Who Shot Nazis on Her Way to the Gas Chamber”

The Last Jew of Vinnitsa, 1942

“The Last Jew of Vinnitsa” is an iconic photograph picturing the imminent execution of a Jewish man in the vicinity of the Ukrainian town of Vinnytsia during a massacre perpetrated by Nazi SS and Ukrainian militia. The photograph was found from the personal album of an Einsatzgruppen soldier (from Nazi death squad). It is namedContinue reading “The Last Jew of Vinnitsa, 1942”

“Give Him Air! Give Him Air!” – Ethel Kennedy in the Moments After Robert F. Kennedy’s Assassination, 1968

This dramatic photograph of Ethel Kennedy stirred controversy and debate over the ethics of photojournalism following its publication hours after the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles, 1968. Led to where her husband lay Mrs Kennedy bent down by his side and whispered “I’m with you my baby”. She then stood, turnedContinue reading ““Give Him Air! Give Him Air!” – Ethel Kennedy in the Moments After Robert F. Kennedy’s Assassination, 1968”

30 Color Photographs of Anti-Vietnam War Protests in the U.S From the 1960s and Early 1970s

The movement against the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War began in the U.S. with demonstrations in 1964 and grew in strength in later years. The U.S. became polarized between those who advocated continued involvement in Vietnam and those who wanted peace. Many in the peace movement were students, mothers, or anti-establishmentContinue reading “30 Color Photographs of Anti-Vietnam War Protests in the U.S From the 1960s and Early 1970s”

During World War II Chinese Americans Wore Signs Distinguishing Themselves From Japanese Americans to Avoid Discrimination

“Excuse me I am Chinese, not Japanese!” At the onset of the 20th century, the United States was not the most welcoming country to Chinese immigrants. From the Chinese Exclusion Act to blatant racism, Chinese Americans were unable to find jobs, had to establish Chinatowns where their families could live peacefully, and – of courseContinue reading “During World War II Chinese Americans Wore Signs Distinguishing Themselves From Japanese Americans to Avoid Discrimination”

33 Vintage Photos Showing the Hostilities in Northern Ireland During the 1970s

The Troubles (Irish: Na Trioblóidí) were an ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland that lasted about 30 years from the late 1960s to 1998. Also known internationally as the Northern Ireland conflict, it is sometimes described as an “irregular war” or “low-level war”. The conflict began in the late 1960s and is usually deemed to haveContinue reading “33 Vintage Photos Showing the Hostilities in Northern Ireland During the 1970s”

Ananda Mahidol: The Mysterious Death of a King

Ananda Mahidol, Thailand’s king Rama VIII, died on the 3rd of June, 1946. He was only twenty at the time. A child when he was elected successor to the throne in 1935, he continued to be educated in Switzerland, not visiting Thailand as king until 1938 when he was thirteen. The Japanese invaded Thailand theContinue reading “Ananda Mahidol: The Mysterious Death of a King”

The Last Photos of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and His Wife Sophie in Sarajevo Moments Before Their Assassination, 1914

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie on June 28, 1914, is widely seen as the central, precipitating event of the First World War: the spark that lit the conflagration. In the summer of 1914, Franz Ferdinand and wife Sophie accepted an invitation to visit the capital of Bosnia, Sarajevo. He hadContinue reading “The Last Photos of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and His Wife Sophie in Sarajevo Moments Before Their Assassination, 1914”