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Helmuth Pirath

A German World War II prisoner, released by the Soviet Union, is reunited with his daughter. The child had not seen her father since she was one year old. Photo by Helmuth Pirath, 1956 World Press Photo of the Year

Saying good-bye, Not knowing if we would see them again but ever praying they would return.

Goodbye at Pennsylvania Station, 1944 photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt

Mother and daughter who survived the sinking of the Titanic. Her husband did not make it. They were from England and made it to New York where they ended up staying because she could not bear to go over the area where her beloved was "sleeping".   From a letter: "Oh mother I haven’t a thing in the world that was his only his rings. Everything we had went down. Will you, dear mother, send me on a last photo of us, get it copied I will pay you later on."

and blankets Titanic Survivors Charlotte Collyer and her daughter Marjorie after they finally made it to America. She has a White Star Line blanket on her lap. Their faces say it.things are never going to be the same.

Japan, Nagasaki, 1945.  In the photo, the boy stands erect, having done his duty by bringing his dead brother to a cremation ground. Standing at attention was an obvious military influence. Looking at the boy who carries his younger sibling on his back, keeps a stiff upper lip, tries so hard to be brave is heart-breaking. He has epitomized the spirit of a defeated nation.

Real-life Grave of the Fireflies: Stoic Japanese orphan, standing at attention having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, Nagasaki, by American photographer, Joe O’Donnell 1945 (One of the many sad things about war.

Robert McGee. 1890. Scalped by the Sioux as a child and survived.

Old Picture of the Day: Old West Today we feature a picture of Robert McGee. The picture was taken in As a child, Robert McGee was scalped by Indians. He is the only person I am aware of who survived the horrific experience of being scalped.

Holocaust survivors from the illegal immigrant ship Exodus . . . Can't help but notice the girl facing the camera and the hope in her eyes . . .

livefromjerusalem: Holocaust survivors from the immigrant ship Exodus. In spite of all the brutalization she’s suffered, she retains her humanity, her inner beauty shines like light from her eyes.

In 1920, Anna Anderson turned up at a mental hospital in Germany as a Jane Doe. She refused to reveal her identity at first, but two years later she began claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, who was rightly believed to have been executed with the rest of the Russian Royal family four years earlier. Anderson was the most well known woman claiming to be Anastasia, and she continued to uphold the claim until her death.

Anna Anderson In Anderson turned up at a mental hospital in Germany as a Jane Doe. She refused to reveal her identity at first, but two years later she began claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov.

Libération de Paris, 25 août 1944

An American soldier receives a kiss in gratitude for the liberation of Paris during World War II - August 25 1944

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