History in Pics

This is a collection of interesting and important photos from History with an accurate description of the photograph (event, location, war, year, etc).

Smallest shoe store

One of the smallest shops in London – a shoe salesman with a 1.2 square meter shoe store, 1900.


Ohio River Flood

Displaced African-Americans line up at relief station during the great Ohio River flood. Louisville, Kentucky. 1937.

They are in line for relief supplies since all the food and goods in town were wiped out. Over 1 million people were displaced by the 1937 Ohio River valley flood. Socio-economic conditions had very little to do with it. Times were hard for everyone. This natural disaster occurred at the height of the Great Depression. Cities were flooded across the entire region. Everyone suffered, nobody was spared.


Stand by Me premiere

River Phoenix, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman and Wil Wheaton at the premiere of Stand by Me in Beverly Hills, 1986.


Pyrenees of France

A woman surveys a treacherous mountain pass in the Pyrenees of France (1956).

This photo is taken by photographer Justin Locke for the March 1956 issue of National Geographic.


Ivanhorod execution 1942


A German soldier executes a Ukrainian Jew embracing her child. Ivanhorod, Ukraine, 1942.

During the Holocaust (on what is now Ukrainian territory), a mass murder was committed by the German Einsatzgruppe in the southern part of Ivanhorod (1942) with an unknown number of victims. A wartime photograph showing a mother and child shot outside the village by a German SS soldier is now considered, in the words of British journalist Robert Fisk, “one of the most impressive and persuasive images of the Nazi Holocaust.” It was featured in numerous books, and at photo-exhibits both in Poland and Germany, as “precious and terrible evidence” of “the Nazi cruelties in Eastern Europe.”

The photograph was originally sent from the Eastern Front to Nazi Germany but intercepted at the Warsaw post office by members of the Polish resistance, the Home Army, for Jerzy Tomaszewski who documented Nazi war crimes for the Polish government-in-exile. On the reverse, it was inscribed: “Ukraine 1942 – Judenaktion in Iwangorod” (English: Ukraine 1942 – Jewish operation in Ivanhorod). The executioner appears to be standing over the body of an already executed person. The gun barrels of other executioners are visible at the left-hand edge of the photograph.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I find it amusing how people talk about the Nazi’s like the christians haven’t done the same thing during the Inquisition and the crusades. Nazi’s are still reviled, yet christians are popular? Make a choice, hypocrites, or shut the he!! up.

    • You clearly know nothing about the Crusades or the Inquisition.

      The Spanish Inquisition, though draconian by our standards, was actually more lenient, and ended in more not guilty verdicts, than the civil courts run by the King and his government. Most of the Inquisition’s horrors were played up by English Protestants as propaganda, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I when a Spanish invasion seemed imminent.

      And the Crusades were a response to several centuries of Islamic incursions into Christian lands. The First Crusade began because Seljuq Turks conquered half the Byzantine Empire and began slaughtering Christian pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem. Infamous battles, like the Massacre of Jerusalem, were indeed brutal, but were, in fact, entirely common in the warfare of the Middle Ages. Everyone acted the same way. Not two hundred years later, Muslim armies would commit atrocities in Georgia and Turkey that were far greater than the deaths at the hands of Crusaders, and razed the city of Jerusalem to the ground so no one would want it.

      Also, look at you, edgelord. You can say Hell, your mom’s not going to find out.

    • Really, how far back you want to go? It is true that crimes of this nature have been committed since the dawn of time. However, this does not justify the crimes committed by the Nazis and their allies. Those criminals earned their fate. And, those who support their ideals will also get their appropriate Justice.
      BTW, the Spanish Inquisition executed 39 person at the pyre, 2 of them in effigy. Lord Calvin executed 6,000, including the Jesuit priest that discovered our circulatory system.

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