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25 Unbelievable Historical Photos from Humanity’s Darkest Moments

Most images are imbued with tears and blood, and should be a reminder to mankind that such things should not be repeated.

We have collected an extensive list of many iconic pictures in history. Many of them were taken several decades ago, and a few even came from as far back as the American Civil War.

Most images are imbued with tears and blood, and should be a reminder to mankind that such things should not be repeated.

1. Starving Mongolian Woman

It was published in National Geographic in 1913 by Stefan Passe. As a common punishment for criminals, many guilty people judged by the authority were locked in such wooden cells and exposed to the Mongolian market. What’s worse, they were often not fed, and passers-by could taunt and insult them.

2. Bison Skull Mountain

Bisons had once been hunted to near-extinction by the 1870’s; Here’s a horrible picture of a mountain of bison skulls.

3. Famine of Bengal in 1943

During the Second World War, West Bengal underwent a famine caused by abnormal increase of rice price which took the life of 3 million people of India. Children were starved to death, and the people were reduced to living skeleton.

4. Aftermath of war

Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times took this great picture depicting the effects of the Liberian Civil War.

5. Largest Grave Of Bergen-Belsen

It’s a photograph of “Mass Grave 3”, one of the Nazis concentration camp where over 50,000 people were killed. The man standing among the numerous bodies is the camp doctor named Fritz Klein, who was hanged in December 1945 for his cruelty and brutality.

6. The Shanghai Baby

On August 28, 1937, Japanese planes began to boom Shanghai. They hit the city’s train station where 1,800 civilians were hiding and waiting for evacuation, mostly women, and children.

A man placed the first young kid on the platform edge and returned to help another—and that is the picture the photographer H.S. Wong took.

7. An industrial disaster

In December 1984, India underwent the most horrible industrial disaster as a gas leak affected half a million people and caused over 3,700 death.

8. William Saunder’s Photographs

This British photographer William Saunder went to China and staged the image of a fake beheading… encouraging the military to conquer China and “civilize” its people.

9. The Nagasaki Brothers

This photo was taken shortly after the bombing of the city. The younger kid in the picture was dead, and the elder boy was his brother. He carried the little guy to a crematorium, watching him burn but still hold himself from crying.

10. Vulture stalking a Child

Kevin Carter captured this picture, and won an award of the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. A vulture is stalking a child in Sudan during a famine. He was too afraid to touch the baby because of the transmitting disease and the ferocious vulture. Then the vulture took the baby away. He committed suicide just one year after taking the picture.

11. The Atlantic Slave Trade

On November 1, 1868, the photo was taken aboard the British naval vessel HMS Daphne and the children in the photo had just been rescued.

12. Kosovo refugees

It was taken in Kosovo by Carol Guzy, the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography. The baby was carefully passed over a dangerous fence made of barbed wire so that he could be safe with his family.

13. The Berlin Wall Rescue

On August 13, 1961, Germany divided Berlin in two with a barbed-wire fence. The soldier was a guard from the East, and the child was separated from his parents and wanted to cross into the West. The soldier broke the rule and lifted the boy across anyway.

After the photo going public, the child got free, but the soldier was removed from duty right after.

14. Protest in Saigon

Thich Quang Duc set himself on fire on June 11, 1963, as a form of protest against the killings of Buddhists by the South Vietnam government.

15. Frozen Soviet Soldier

The Finns wanted to use this frozen Soviet soldier’s body as a tactic to scare the approaching Soviet troops.

16. A-Bomb Scars

The horrible scars on his body were caused by Hiroshima A-Bomb

17. Terrible Human Being

Turkey was responsible for the 1915 Armenian Genocide. This is a photo of a Turkish official teasing starving children with bread.

18. Pyroclastic Flow

The Pyroclastic flow followed by Mt. Pinatubo eruption in the Philippines moved more than 600 mph. And this truck was attempting to escape.

19. Kids For Sale

This woman and her husband were unemployed and couldn’t feed their children, so they sold them in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. The three children were abused in their new homes, but the mother never regretted her decision, them she had four more kids later.

20. German Soldier Buries English Soldier

A German soldier in World War II buried an unknown English soldier who was killed in an air combat in the Egyptian desert.

21. Soviet In Berlin With Hitler’s Head

A Soviet soldier was carrying Hitler’s head after capturing Berlin in 1945.

22. Human ashes at concentration camp

In 1944, some Soviet soldiers stood dumfounded at a large pile of human ashes found at the Majdanek concentration camp.

23. Shell Shock

The severe and creepy effects of shell shock, what we now know as PTSD, on a WWI soldier.

24. German Cannibalism Evidence

It was in a place in German called “Hexelheim”. These items and bones showed signs of flesh-stripping in preparation for cannibalism 7,000 years ago.

25. The Crying Boy Soldier

The 16-year-old boy in the picture was a member of the Hitler Youth named Hans-Georg Henke. It was taken on May 1, 1945, just the day before Germany’s surrender. It’s probably the boyish face and undergrown body clearly too small for a soldier’s uniform that made the crying scene iconic.

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