49 Poignant Photos of WWII Time

Poignant Photos of WWII Time

Posted on June 13, 2011 by team


A selection of photos from one Russian site which gathered a lot of amazing and high-quality images of World War II time.

1. The Jews tied up and secured by Lithuanian secondary guards. 1941.

2. The column of Jewish women and children under the escort of Lithuanian “self-defense”. 1941. Lithuania, the USSR.

3. The Jewish residents of Siauliai before being sent to be shot. July 1941, Lithuania, the USSR.

4. A famous photograph of the execution of the last Jew in Vinnytsia, made by an officer of the German Einsatzgruppen, who was engaged in the executions of people that were to be destroyed (Jews first of all). The title of the photo was written on the reverse side.

Vinnytsia was occupied by German troops on July 19, 1941. A part of the Jews living in the city managed to evacuate. The remaining ones were enclosed in a ghetto. On July 28, 1941, 146 Jews were shot in the city. In August, executions resumed… On September 22, 1941, most prisoners of the Vinnytsia ghetto were destroyed (about 28.000 people). Only craftsmen, workers and technicians stayed alive as their work was needed to the German occupation authorities.

5. Slovak Jews being sent to Auschwitz. March 1942, Poprad Station, Slovakia.

6. Rabbis in Auschwitz.

7. Jewish rabbis in the Warsaw Ghetto.

8. SS soldiers guarding the column of captive Jews in the Warsaw ghetto. The liquidation of the Warsaw ghetto after an uprising.

The photo is taken from Jürgen Stroop’s report to Heinrich Himmler in May of 1943. The German original title reads: “forcibly pushed out of the shelter”. One of the most famous photographs of World War II period.

9. Faye Schulman and Soviet partisans in the forest. Faye Schulman was born in a large family in Poland on November 28, 1919. On August 14, 1942 the Germans killed 1850 Jews from the Lenin ghetto, including her parents, sister and younger brother. They spared only 26 people, one of them was Faye. Later she fled to the forests and joined the partisan group, consisting mainly of fugitive Soviet prisoners of war.

10. The rank of Red Army prisoners of war. 1941.

The caption says: “A woman stands among captive Soviet soldiers – even she stopped resisting. This is the woman who made Soviet soldiers fiercely resist till the last bullet. ”

11. A German patrol caught two disguised Soviet soldiers. September 1941, Kiev, Ukraine.

12. Soviet prisoners of war murdered on the streets of Kiev. One of them is dressed in a tunic and breeches, the other one is in underwear. Both are unshod, feet are dirty as they walked barefoot. Both have exhausted faces. Eyewitnesses recall that when prisoners were driven along the streets of Kiev, guards shot those who could not walk.

The picture is taken by German war photographer Johannes Hele 10 days after the fall of Kiev.

13. Soviet prisoners of war under the supervision of the SS men cover a piece of Babi Yar with sand so that to bury those who were shot. The picture is taken by Johannes Hele 10 days after the fall of Kiev.

Babi Yar is a large ravine on the northern edge of Kiev which achieved notoriety as a place of mass executions of civilians and prisoners of war carried by German occupying forces. Here were shot 752 patients of Pavlov Psychiatric Hospital, at least 40.000 Jews, about 100 sailors of the Pinsk Military Flotilla, arrested partisans, political workers, underground workers, members of the NKVD, 621 members of the OUN, at least 5 gypsy camps. According to various estimates, from 70.000 to 200.000 people were shot at Babi Yar in 1941-1943.

Half covered with sand trees and shrubs at the bottom indicate that the slopes of the ravine were blown up. Some of the prisoners are in civilian clothes. These are probably those who managed to change clothes when escaping from captivity but who were detected. Along the edges of the ravine are the SS guards with rifles on shoulders and helmets on belts.

14. Soviet soldiers captured near Vyazma town. October 1941.

15. A captive Soviet colonel. The Barvenkovsky Region.

In late May of 1942, the 6th and the 57th Soviet armies were surrounded by the enemy near Barvenkovo. As a result of an unsuccessful attack, about 170.000 soldiers and officers of the Red Army were killed and taken prisoners.

16. A captive soldier showing the Germans commissars and communists.

17. Red Army POWs in a camp.

18. Soviet prisoners of war. Two wounded – in the center.

19. A German guard lets his dogs have fun with a “living toy”.

20. Soviet workers in forced labor during a break. 1943, the province of Upper Silesia, Germany.

21. Red Army prisoners laboring in winter.

22. Captive Lieutenant-General Vlassov, a future head of the Russian Liberation Army, interrogated by Colonel-General Lindemann after being taken prisoner. August 1942.

23. Soviet prisoners of war with German officers in Germany. Neutralization of unexploded bombs.

24. A Soviet prisoner of war, after the complete liberation of the Buchenwald camp by the U.S. troops, points at a former security guard brutally beaten the prisoners. 14.04.1945.

25. The U.S. Army doctor examines a Soviet forced laborer ill with tuberculosis. He was driven to the coal mines in the city of Dortmund, Germany. 30.04.1945.

26. A Soviet child next to his murdered mother. A concentration camp for civilians, Belarus. March 1944.

27. The children liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp. January 1945.

28. Captive German soldiers. Leningrad, 1942.

29. Captive Frenchmen from the SS and the Wehrmacht stand in front of General Leclerc, the commander of the 2nd Armored Division of the Free French forces.

Captives held themselves with dignity and even defiance. When General Leclerc called them traitors and said: “How could you, the French, wear someone else’s uniform?” one of them replied: “You yourselves wear someone else’s uniform – the American one!” (the division was equipped by the Americans). They say it angered Leclerc, and he gave orders to shoot the prisoners.

30. German POWs in the queue for the issue of food. The South of France. September 1944.

31. German prisoners of war are lead along Majdanek, a German Nazi concentration camp. They look at the remains of prisoners lying on the ground and see crematorium ovens. The outskirts of the Polish city of Lublin. 1944.

32. The return of German prisoners of war from Soviet captivity. The Germans arrived at the Friedland camp. 1955. Germany.

33. Captive young German soldiers of the “Hitler Youth” under the escort of the Military Police of the 3rd U.S. Army. These guys were captured in December of 1944 during the operation in the Ardennes. The picture is taken on January 7, 1945.

34. A fifteen-year-old German antiaircrafter of the Hitler Youth, Hans Georg Henke, taken prisoner by the soldiers of the 9th U.S. Army in the city of Giessen, Germany. 29.03.1945.

35. Fourteen-year-old German teenagers, the soldiers of the Hitler Youth, captured by the 3rd U.S. Army in April of 1945. Berstadt, the province of Hessen, Germany. April 1945.

36. Adolf Hitler in the garden of the Reich Chancellery awards the young members of the Hitler Youth. This is one of his last pictures. In the center are the young natives of Silesia: the second on the right is 12-year-old Alfred Czech and the third one – 16-year-old Wilhelm Hubner, also known for the picture with Dr. Goebbels taken in Laubane. 23.03.1945.

37. Adolf Hitler awards the young members of the Hitler Youth.

38. A boy from the Hitler Youth armed with a grenade launcher. The “Third Reich’s last hope”.

39. Sergeant Francis Daggett with a German soldier of only 15 years old. Kronach, Germany. 27.04.1945.

40. A column of prisoners on the streets of Berlin. In the foreground is “Germany’s last hope”, the boy from the Hitler Youth and the Volkssturm. May 1945.

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49 Responses to “Poignant Photos of WWII Time”

  1. xoxo says:

    some of these pictures are so sad and heart wrenching.

  2. Akasha says:

    Siehe da, die Krone der Schöpfung.

    Shame on You, Mankind.

  3. EuGene says:

    “41. Soviet children clean the boots of German soldiers. Bialystok, Belarus. November 1942.”

    Białystok is and was a Polish, not Belarussian city then

    • owainglyndwr1416 says:

      Correct but you failed to provide substance or context.. The Children were not forced to clean their boots.. it was a family trade where the parents would send the Children out to clean boots .. Another interesting point to note is Bialystok is prominent in holocaust History but i am loathe to find any evidence that the Germans committed or even participated in atrocities in Bialystok of any description.

  4. MarkLenders says:

    Really nice and interesting pics.

    Thank you ER

  5. TrulyRestlessSoul says:

    If it doesn’t make you sick watching pictures like these, you are not human. We must never forget!

  6. testicules says:

    Child war fighters. Poor treatment of POWs. Concentration camps. Both the Germans and the Russian were barbarian peoples back then.

  7. Boritz says:

    “42. Thirteen-year-old scout and partisan Fyodor Moshchev. The author’s capture to the photo – “A boy was given a German rifle”. Probably, it’s a standard Mauser 98K…”
    Not a German rifle, not 98k. Perhaps Czecho or Yugoslav.

  8. Cpt. Obvious says:

    That’s why I spit on every solder that ever existed, they are mankind’s most useless and counterproductive tool, no matter what side they’re on.

    • critter says:

      How disrespectful and narrow minded. It’s not the soldiers you should be spitting at. Spit at the demented leaders and political systems that made them commit crimes against humanity.

      • Cpt. Obvious says:

        Not quite, what you’re basically saying is that the leaders were responsible for the trigger deaths. The solider had a choice to pull the trigger or not, the leader only told him to do it.

    • testicules says:

      Cpt. Duchebag?

    • Cpt. Obvious says:

      True, but that’s why I said no matter what side they’re on. Sharing ideals doesn’t justify killing opponents, nothing does. I spit on Nazi graves as much as I spit on soliders/graves of my own country, now more than ever.

      • zsquared says:

        You have to be the most idiotic poster that I have ever read. I would spit on your grave you POS. Have some respect for the dead.

  9. Leibstandarte says:

    in 27’th photo, liberated children in Auschwitz looks really well fed

    • MarkLenders says:

      Right.

      They were going out from the building of the block 10 where they were subjected to the experiments of Mengele and where they didn’t suffer the starving since the Mengele fed them in order to use healthy children for his horrible experiments.
      In this pics there were monozygotic and heterozygous twins and gypsy children who were saved by hiding themselves.

      (There’s an interesting explanation of this photo and a testimony by one of them Simon J. in the book “The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide” written by Robert Jay Lifton)

      • owainglyndwr1416 says:

        Biography

        Robert J Lifton was born in 1926, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Harold A. (a businessman) and Ciel (Roth) Lifton. He was fifteen when the United States declared war on Japan and Nazi Germany (December 1941). He studied medicine at Cornell University and New York Medical College in 1948. He interned at the Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn in 1948-49, and had his psychiatric residence training at the Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York in 1949-51. From 1951 to 1953 he served as an Air Force psychiatrist in Japan and Korea, to which he later attributed his interest in war and politics.

        First rule “Research the Author” and look for either conflicts of interest or agenda specifics.

        If you don’t already know this then it is worth informing you that a Jew is going to fabricate and distort everything, if you don’t believe that then i suggest you research the holocaust from an revisionist perspective.

      • Frank says:

        I was wondering about the chubby little kids as well. Your explanation is interesting and appreciated. I was actually surprised that there were young child survivors at Auschwitz since they would have been pretty useless for any sort of labour.

  10. mukmika says:

    ‘Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn’,(weep). Scottish poet Robert Burns.

  11. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Powerful pictures, indeed.

  12. marxistworker says:

    Nationalism’s harvest; anytime, anywhere. (war and violence)

  13. Mxx says:

    regarding picture 4…Family on my mother’s side is from Vinnytsia. They managed to escape shortly before the slaughter.

    • Mxx says:

      And my father’s side of the family is from Odessa. My grandfather and great grandfather were in the underground resistance fighting nazis

  14. david says:

    In the UK, all this chapter of history has been erased from the curricula at school because it offends the Muslims, who sustain it never happened.
    People, this is not history. This is still alive and there are those who want to finish Hitler’s job.

    • komentator says:

      No,coz deep in your hearts you and nazis,share same rasist expansionist nationalist ideology(does Rule Britania,ring a bell?)And blaming muslims is just a excuse.So that you can not recognise the sacriface of Slavic people in WW II.Because they were commies,and commies are not humans by western standards.You hypocrites just hate Russian,Belorussian and other Slavic people,and use muslims for a excuse to hide your blind hatred for us.

    • Thomas says:

      Do you really believe everything you read in forwarded emails? No, UK schools did not ban the Holocaust from the curricula. In fact, the Holocaust is still a state-required part of the curricula.

      Good attempt to spread lies, though.

    • owainglyndwr1416 says:

      You should read this then do some REAL research and if you can find any proof that the holocaust happened them there is still $100.000 reward offered for proof.You never know you could be rich.

      http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/52834261

  15. George Johnson says:

    Interesting how it seems to be OK for the Russian child fighter, but not the German kids.

    • Babysitter says:

      These “sons of regiment” are orphans, victims of war. For the most part were doing utility works for their regiment and really few of them took weapons in their hands (mostly those who were with partisans).
      And kids from Hitlerjugend were sent straight to the battle lines to fight and die for their mad Führer.

      • testicules says:

        Are you trying to justify using kids to fight a war?

      • Frank says:

        Very few Hitler Youths actually saw battle. But like enthusiastic teenagers are, they had romantic ideals and were eager to fight the enemy. Older soldiers considered them just a nuisance and tried to keep them out of harms way. Away from the frontlines. There was no widespread move to push them to the frontlines.

    • Mino says:

      My grandfather volunteered at age 13. No one forced him. Would you bear to watch your friends and family die and do nothing? He could not bear it so he decided to fight. It’s not ok per se but it was not a forced decision based on fanatical beliefs it was about freedom.

  16. Kris says:

    In 1942 Bialystok was not belonging to Belarus. Just worth noting…

  17. Human1 says:

    On which continent do they also no a days in young soldiers? and really good an open website as this one.
    Great to show so much pictures,even if they are showing positive vibes in time for humanity.

  18. Human1 says:

    not showing positive vibes i mean

  19. Gasza says:

    Pic. 41.
    Bialystok was never in Belarus. It’s Polish city.

  20. SSSR says:

    Welcome to the human race….

  21. Yes! says:

    Russians were as bad as germans if not even worse.

  22. Chac Mool says:

    Never forget.

  23. Tom Hagood says:

    Forget the idealism of Private Ryan; the American concept of the good war is little more that a myth.

    This was basically a irredeemable fight to the death between two contemptible totalitarian states led by Stalin and Hitler.

    The Americans were brave as any and selfless, but almost their entire contribution was to supply weapons to the Soviet Union; we have no concept of what twenty million dead means.

    • Muzzlehatch says:

      That’s right. If the Germans hadn’t been bled white in Russia, Hitler would have been sipping tea in Piccadilly and the Americans would have been falling over themselves trying to make peace and thanking God that they had broad oceans on either side.

  24. pole says:

    Picture 41 – Bialystok is Poland, not Belarussia

  25. singkong007 says:

    its a tragedy

  26. jck says:

    In regards to photo #17, does anyone know where these POWs were kept in captivity, the year and who they were? Is it possible to identify some of these men by name?

  27. gregor kropotkin says:

    I am astonished at the level of denial here about the atrocities carried out against Jews and others in WW2,I am not sure whether this is from ignorance or a desire to whitewash the barbarities of nazi Germany-or even perhaps support for what was done in the name of hitler and the German people but,this is rather pathetic-can’t you guys organise any proper lives for yourselves? why do you look back with so much desire and longing to a past you show no aptitude for understanding on any meaningful level? I have met people like you before and they all had one thing in common-they were nobodies who fantasised about being feared and respected by the people around them who paid them little or no heed in the normal running of everyday life. sad non-entities just like a huge number of the willing participants in the holocaust-it was the only time in their sorry little lives when they had any real power.

    • Frank says:

      Every party that could, committed atrocities. My father was taken POW during the battle of the bulge by Americans. They where subsequently POWs of the French. By the time they were released they did not look any better than some of the Auschwitz survivors. My Mother witnessed Hungarian Jews raped and the men beaten to death by Russian troops.

  28. gunio28 says:

    Bialystok is polish town.

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