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The marine and the kitten, Korean War; ca. 1952.

In the middle of the Korean War, this kitten found herself an orphan. Luckily, she found her way into the hands of Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor.

The marine and the kitten, Korean War; ca. 1952.

In the middle of the Korean War, this kitten found herself an orphan. Luckily, she found her way into the hands of Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor.

A Japanese cherry tree hacked down with the words “To hell with those Japanese” carved into it three days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor at the Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.; December 10th, 1941.

"In 1912 Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to the United States as a gift of friendship. First Lady Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin."

A Japanese cherry tree hacked down with the words “To hell with those Japanese” carved into it three days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor at the Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.; December 10th, 1941.

"In 1912 Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to the United States as a gift of friendship. First Lady Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin."

A German makeshift grave for a fallen British paratrooper, Operation Market Garden, Arnhem; April 15th, 1944.

A German makeshift grave for a fallen British paratrooper, Operation Market Garden, Arnhem; April 15th, 1944.

The photo was taken after the liberation of Arnhem in April 1945, although the soldier died in September 1944.

The photo was taken after the liberation of Arnhem in April 1945, although the soldier died in September 1944.

The grave of an unknown British airborne soldier at Arnhem, photographed after its liberation 15 April 1945.

THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944-45 The grave of a British airborne soldier killed during the battle of Arnhem in September 1944, photographed by liberating forces on 15…

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The Telefontornet connecting some 5,000 phone lines in Stockholm; ca. 1890.

The Telefontornet connecting some 5,000 phone lines in Stockholm; ca. 1890.

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“In the late 19th century, shortly after the patent of the telephone, the race was on to connect everyone to the phone grid. However, due to technical limitations of the earliest phone lines, every telephone required its own physical line strung between a house or business to a phone exchange where the call was manually connected by a live operator. The somewhat quixotic result of so many…

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Stahlhelm, the stages of the helmet-making process of Stahlhelms for the Imperial German Army; ca.1916.

In both World Wars, the most distinctive feature of the Germany army uniform was the item that has come to symbolize German militarism in even remotest corners of the world – the helmet, the Stahlhelm.

Stahlhelm, the stages of the helmet-making process of Stahlhelms for the Imperial German Army; ca.1916.

In both World Wars, the most distinctive feature of the Germany army uniform was the item that has come to symbolize German militarism in even remotest corners of the world – the helmet, the Stahlhelm.

Motel manager pouring acid in the water when black people swam in his pool; ca. 1964.

Motel manager pouring acid in the water when black people swam in his pool; ca. 1964.

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*According to multiple sources it was Hydrochloric acid.

This famous photograph by Horace Cort shows a group of white and black integrationists in the former Monson Motor Lodge swimming pool on June 18, 1964. The photo was connected to the St. Augustine Movement, named for the town in Florida where it took place.

The photo was taken right after anti-segregation protesters had jumped into the…

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Two Soviet infantrymen frozen to death in their foxhole, Finland; ca. 1940.

The Soviets had to bring troops from far away to the Finnish front. Some of these soldiers were from the south and had never experienced winter conditions like this, combined with Finnish patrols destroying the support lines and the hardest winter of a lifetime created a grim environment.

Two Soviet infantrymen frozen to death in their foxhole, Finland; ca. 1940.

The Soviets had to bring troops from far away to the Finnish front. Some of these soldiers were from the south and had never experienced winter conditions like this, combined with Finnish patrols destroying the support lines and the hardest winter of a lifetime created a grim environment.

Here is material I recommend for learning more about the Bosnian War:

Here is material I recommend for learning more about the Bosnian War:

The BBC documentary series Death of Yugoslavia is pretty great.

Recommended reading material (diverse explanations for the wars in the Balkans):

“I consider fiŽrst the violent conflicts in Croatia and Bosnia. These were spawned not so much by the convulsive surging of ancient hatreds or by frenzies whipped up by demagogic politicians and the media as…

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4 year old Joseph Schleifstein, who survived the Holocaust by being kept hidden by his father, from Nazi officials inside Buchenwald concentration camp, is seen here shortly after his liberation; ca. April 1945

"For a time, Schleifstein was hidden by his father with the help of two anti-fascist German prisoners, but he was eventually discovered.