Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Is There a Worst WWII Photo?

World War II was photographed from every imaginable angle. Some heartwarming photos, some devastating, some thrilling, some shocking. What’s the worst photograph you’ve seen?

Hundreds of photos exist of the concentration camps. Piles of dead reduced to skin and bone. Impossible to wrap the mind around the bestiality.

One on one cruelty. Neighbor turning against neighbor. Children attacking adults for no good reason. Here, Young Ukrainian boys with wooden clubs chase a battered, bloodied Jewish woman during the Lviv pogroms in 1941. Did their mothers know what they did? Did they approve?

Battlefield scenes show bodies torn apart. Weapons were created solely to kill, to maim. They did their job frightfully well.

A Chinese woman and her baby are beheaded with a samurai sword during the Rape of Nanking.

A Japanese bayoneting of a baby during the Nanking Massacre.

And then there are the children. Innocent, vulnerable children. How could they hurt the children?
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:10

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