Category: World War II

Historic picture shows the different expressions of six polish…

Historic picture shows the different expressions of six polish civilians moments before death by firing squad, 1939.

This group of men show a wide range of emotions: the first from the left looks anguished, the next one looks defiant, the last one looks resigned… but the man third from the left is smiling at his executioners. He knows he is sure to die as others had been executed before him, but he faces his end with a smile.

On September 3, 1939, two days after the start of the German invasion of Poland, a series of killings occurred in and around the Polish town of Bydgoszcz (German: Bromberg), where a sizable German minority lived. These killings were termed ‘Bloody Sunday’.

The Nazis exploited the deaths as grounds for a massacre of Polish inhabitants after the Wehrmacht captured the town. In an act of retaliation for the killings on Bloody Sunday, a number of Polish civilians were executed by German military units of the Einsatzgruppen, Waffen SS, and Wehrmacht.

Weco Products Co, 1943

Weco Products Co, 1943

“Your child can smile, talk, or play and does not have to sit up…

Your child can smile, talk, or play and does not have to sit up or put on a pretty face.
Algemeen Handelsblad, 12 April 1935

In April 1935, Polyfoto opened a shop in Amsterdam’s city centre. For 1 guilder, you could have a sheet made with 48 different portrait photos.

The Frank family went there to have their pictures taken. Photo sheets of all four family members have survived. Several photos were cut from the photo sheet of the 36-year-old Edith. One of these is in the photo album that Anne compiled when they were in hiding.

Wartime marriage: Lovely photos of WWII soldiers with their…

Wartime marriage: Lovely photos of WWII soldiers with their brides.

Life of African-Americans during WWII through stunning color…

Life of African-Americans during WWII through stunning color photos.

WWII G.I waiting at bus stop with his girlfriend to go off to…

WWII G.I waiting at bus stop with his girlfriend to go off to fight the war. According to his granddaughter, he returned home.

Everyday life of the US During WWII through Jack Delano’s…

Everyday life of the US During WWII through Jack Delano’s lens.

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Nurses showing a set of newly born triplets to a surprised father in a New York City hospital, 1946. Photograph by Keystone-France

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Nurses showing a set of newly born triplets to a surprised father in a New York City hospital, 1946. Photograph by Keystone-France

1940s war fashion: A young woman demonstrating how to achieve…

1940s war fashion: A young woman demonstrating how to achieve the full leg effect with liquid stockings in 1941.