History in Pics

Soldier at Berlin Wall

An incredible photograph of a German soldier going against direct orders to help a young boy cross the newly formed Berlin Wall after being separated from his family, 1961.

The photograph did not cause the soldier to get caught doing this. It was reported that the soldier was caught doing this benevolent deed by his superior officer, who removed the soldier from his unit. Hopefully, his punishment was minor and he wasn’t imprisoned or shot.

Photographers snap photographs and give them to the editor. Generally, a photographer has no control over how their images are used. An editor would definitely consider the fact that the subject of the photograph would face reprisals for helping this kid, and if the soldier had not been caught this photo would not have run.

West Berlin encouraged people sneaking over the fence as a matter of policy. It was good for the people of East Berlin to be exposed to them and see the difference between communism v capitalism for themselves. They even encouraged theaters to hold movies specifically for border hoppers for free, letting them see American Hollywood movies.


Teen Elizabeth


16 year-old Princess Elizabeth being introduced to officers of her regiment in 1942.

The Queen is the ‘colonel in chief’ of specific army regiments, in this case, it’s the Grenadier guards. You may know them from their more traditional uniform of the red tunics and bearskin caps. But don’t let their ceremonial role fool you. These guys are fully-trained combat troops.


Soviet nuclear submarine


Soviet sailors stand on the stern of an Akula-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (1986).

The Soviets wanted to have the best submarines, and although they got off to a bad start with their unreliable early nuclear boats, by the end of the Cold War, their submarines were better in nearly every way than the American submarines. (I understand this is a very controversial statement, especially with American submariners, but it is true in my opinion). Diving depth, metallurgy, reactor power density, acoustic quieting, hydrodynamics and hydrodynamic/thermal stealth are all areas in which Russia is ahead. The US leads in safety [but not by much], crew quality and passive sonar. Weapons and speed are effectively tied.

The Soviet submarine force was one of the largest single projects (in terms of funding) for the Soviet defense complex, which was a huge chunk of their GDP. The Oscar and Typhoon classes, which were extremely expensive to build, were actually a small part of why the Soviet Union collapsed economically. Military overspending was a huge reason for the USSR’s collapse. The cost shifting away from investing in the production of consumer goods towards opaque military budgets prevented millions from feeling any goodwill towards their state, a state created to ease the working class’ prosperity, could not make itself prosperous.


Celebrating Stalin’s death


A Ukrainian-American family celebrates the death of Stalin, 1953.

It a shame that so few people know of the Holodomor when compared to other genocides. Holodomor was a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed an officially estimated 7 million to 10 million people. It was part of the wider Soviet famine of 1932–33, which affected the major grain-producing areas of the country.

The Soviet Union engineered a massive starvation and die-off event by disrupting farmers and millers and positing an uprising of their workers with propaganda, portraying those who owned mills and farms as being money-hungry fat cats. Those who refused to hand over their farms/mills to the communist government were killed or ousted. Some managed to escape to other countries. With the entire farming infrastructure of Western Russia completely uprooted, 11 million people died. It is clear that the entire event was organized to either surrender Ukraine’s farms/produce to Russia’s benefit starving those who grew it, or kill everyone that resisted either way.

To paint exactly how fast this was, there exist images of well-clothed people and families who, barely months earlier, lived well as normal citizens that had starved so quickly they weren’t even thin yet. We’re talking about the bodies of people lying in the streets or alleys, huddled together where they died. An example, another example.


Adolf Hitler


Hitler declares war on the United States in December 11, 1941.

They really had an eye for artwork and architecture in its use to manipulate the public. This scene is incredibly powerful. It directs your eyes naturally to Hitler, under the eagle, giving him a depiction of natural power. It really exemplifies why it was so easy to get caught up in the nationalism.

This speech was off the walls crazy. It was over two hours, the robots of the Reichstag hooted and hollered like at a stand-up special. He mocks Roosevelt and says the new deal failed. He accuses Roosevelt of masterminding the war with his Jew puppet masters. To top it all off he proclaims Germany is defending Western Civilization from the Asiatic hordes.


5 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.

    • The ability for humans to inflilct suffering on others is born out of weakness and lack of insight in the individual, and fostered by the flaw in all of us as a group, in our inability to create a society which is a product of the finest of our knowledge, in justice, equity, compassion, creative will, and love for each other. Our tragedy is that we are lost in a sea of competing ideologies, political contests, hidden schemes to control wealth, religious traditions, and power struggles, while the simple truth blunders on waiting for catastrophe to shape us, while the gift of choice is ignored.

  2. Having just looked up the total deaths during the inquisition, it seems to vary from 30,000 up to the millions. Though we cannot arrive at accuracy, we do know that 50,000,000 people died in the world wars recently, and no one was a victor! German fascism rose out of a frustrated Germany burdened with debt after the first world war. We are now burdened with debt once again, and the arms makers are itching for excuses to use them, so lets be careful eh? As to Arabs and terrorism, the school kids recently blowing off their immaturity are catching up to terrorist executions of innocents as we speak, but few are seeing the real ill behind all this. Since our churches are proving to be little more than international pedophilia rings, where are the moral arbiters of the modern age? You certainly cannot look to the governments, muslims, christians or fascists for that can you??

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