Even decades after its end, World War 2 still strikes a chord in the hearts of people from all corners of the globe. For some, it was a time of epic heroism and a fight for morality and freedom. For others, it was a time when the darkest imaginations of the human soul came to life. Here, we’ve gathered a collection of rare World War 2 pictures that show both the depths of human evil, and the fierce goodness we can aspire to. More than anything, these pictures from the Second World War prove that greatness can be achieved when good men and women vow to fight against monstrosity.
In these stunning WW2 pictures, you’ll see the war through the eyes of people from all over the world. From the drawings of a young girl raised in a concentration camp, to the reactions of German POWs as they watch footage of what happened inside them, many of these incredible photos will leave you speechless. Though some of these images are graphic, those brave enough to face them will better understand the realities of a war far too important to be lost in time.In a world that sometimes seems overrun by chaos, here you’ll find evidence that there is always hope, as long as those who stand for good continue to fight against the forces of evil. Though many are still stunned by the darkness that was revealed during the time, these WWII pictures will show you why it’s so important to remember history: it’s the only way to guarantee that some aspects of it are never repeated again.
A POW Stares Defiantly at Hitler's Right Hand Man
This photo was taken in August of 1941 when Hitler's right hand man, Heinrich Himmler, visited a Shirokaya Street POW camp in Minsk, USSR.Source
A Liberated Jewish Man Holds a Nazi at GunPoint
Wow! Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words!Source
A German Soldier Sharing Bread with Russian Boy
This photo was taken in 1942, somewhere in the Volkhov area of Russia and shows a German soldier sharing bread with an orphaned boy.Source
A US Soldier Offering Help to a Japanese Woman Hiding in a Cave
During the Saipan battle of 1944, nearly 22,000 Japanese citizens lost their lives- many to suicide due to the Emperor's command to kill themselves rather than be taken alive. This terrified woman who had hidden in a cave with her child was probably hesitant to accept help thanks to Japanese propaganda that told citizens that American soldiers were rapists and murders.Source