Terrible days in the history of mankind.
Last days of the Second world war. Closeness of victory and the bitter past of the victim, repentant enemies, and the horrors of the Holocaust first opened its doors in front of a horrified world… Each of these images – witness to history that we must not forget.
Last look of the doctor
This made the doctor working in a hospital in Nagasaki. After the nuclear explosion, he ran home from the hospital and saw the place his home, only this eerie landscape. A few days later the doctor died of radiation poisoning.
Eisenhower and camp
When fighting General Dwight Eisenhower, future US President, for the first time with the soldiers entered the death camp, he was deeply shocked by the opened picture. The Americans knew about Hitler proposed the “final solution of the Jewish question”, but the majority of them even could not think that the Germans were capable of such cruelty. Soldiers of the last war, wept bitterly, looking at the mass graves and starving prisoners. Eisenhower ordered the residents of the nearby German villages to work on clearing the camp site – so they know that for many years was happening in their backyard.
A national disgrace
When the Japanese Emperor Hirohito announced the surrender to the Japanese, it was shock. The national culture of Japan ordered to prefer death to dishonour and surrender ran counter to this deeply rooted conviction. Photo – residents of a Japanese village, sobbing on the square at the news of the surrender, unable to believe what was happening.
In 1945, exploring a mine in the German Tartane, American troops found a tunnel that, in turn, led to a giant underground factory. There, among other weapons, was discovered a few collected interceptor aircraft He-162 (“Junkers”) that gives some idea of the scale of the underground factory.
Meeting on the Elbe
25 April 1945. American and Soviet soldiers meet at the Elbe river before the joint attack on Berlin. They say that Hitler hoped to the last that the meeting of the allies ended the conflict and the combat. But nothing happened: the allies were glad to see each other.
Camp of German prisoners of war
Before the end of the war the Germans surrendered, and allied troops were regularly encountered difficulties with the placement of such number of prisoners of war. The territory allocated for the camps were overcrowded, while military investigators understand how each of the prisoners were implicated in the crimes of Hitler’s army. I must admit, the allies are not too worried about newzbot experienced prisoners by the Germans: in their memory was still fresh of the scene of the liberation of the Nazi camps.
“Battle of the Nations”
“Battle of the Nations” – one of the largest and most famous monuments of Leipzig, built in 1913 in memory of the battle the allied forces against Napoleon at Leipzig, went down in history as the “Battle of Nations”. In the days of Hitler, this massive tower was a place where speeches were held and the Nazi parades. In 1945 the tower was the scene of one of the most desperate urban fighting of the last months of the war, when more than a hundred SS men, barricaded with a tower, has long resisted the superior forces of the allies. The photo of American soldiers walks into the tower, where finally managed to smoke the SS Nedobitko.
A group of German soldiers, captured by the soldier-African American. Fans of the theory of the superiority of the Aryan race, if they were present among the prisoners, it was so hard to deal with it.
The banner over Berlin
One of the most famous photo of the raising of the flag of the Soviet soldiers over the destroyed bombing of Berlin in the midst of the battle for the city.
The Horror Of Hiroshima
Say, the US President Harry Truman until the end of his life remained convinced that the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was necessary to save the lives of American soldiers. If he saw covered with the wreckage of the plain to the place recently flourishing city, perhaps, his consciousness of self-righteousness a little staggered.
Defeated the banners
During the victory Parade on red square in Moscow 24 June 1945, soldiers throwing banners of German troops to the foot of the Kremlin wall.
Ruins in color
One of the few color photographs of the ruined post-war Berlin in may 1945. In the foreground checkpoint: the soldiers of the allies passed the locals on the ruins of their homes in search of household possessions.
The Reichstag was heavily damaged after the storm. Subsequently, the Germans had to put a lot of effort to restore the building and to change its image, turning it from a symbol of Nazism into a symbol of triumph of German parliamentary democracy.
The Brandenburg gate was built in 1791 by king Frederick William II as a symbol of peace. Subsequently, they became one of the symbols of Nazi power. Badly damaged during the battle of Berlin, they were fully restored only in 2002.
The ruins of history
The war in Germany, in ruins and many historic buildings and entire cities. Their restoration began after the war for the Germans, a symbol of repentance and of good will.
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