U.S. Marines rest aboard a ship in the Marshall Islands following their victory at the Battle of Eniwetok, where they took Enewetak Atoll from the Imperial Japanese in under a week. Near Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands. February 1944. Image taken by Ray C. Platnick.


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.


Polish inmates at Dachau concentration camp celebrate their liberation by elements of the U.S. Army’s 42nd and 45th Infantry Divisions, XV Corps, of the Seventh United States Army. Dachau was the first concentration camp opened by the Germans, opening in 1933, shortly after Adolf Hitler became Reich Chancellor and served as a prototype and model for the other Nazi concentration camps that followed. Over the 12 years of use as a concentration camp, the Dachau administration recorded the intake of 206,206 prisoners and deaths of 31,951. Crematoria were constructed to dispose of the deceased next to, but not directly accessible from within the camp, in 1942. From the start of the war against Poland, Germany intended to realize the plan laid-out by the Hitler in his 1925 book “Mein Kampf”. The aim of the plan was territorial expansion in Eastern Europe and to repopulate the area with ethnic Germans: so-called Lebensraum (living space). The object of war was to fulfill this territorial policy within the framework of Nazi racial ideology. On 22 August 1939, just before the invasion of Poland, Hitler gave explicit permission to his commanders to kill “without pity or mercy, all men, women, and children of Polish descent or language.” Aproximately 2.77 million ethnic Poles (not including Polish Jews) would be killed from the outbreak of the war in 1939 and the end of the war in 1945, many of whom would die in concentration camps like Dachau. Dachau concentration camp, near Dachau, Bavaria, Germany. 29 April 1945. Image taken by U.S. Army Technician Fourth Grade (T/4) Arland Musser. 


A young lad cleans the boots of a wounded German soldier in a train station in occupied USSR.


"I engaged my father in long discussions after dinner, trying to reconcile our imprisonment during the war and all the ideals that I’d been reading about. My father said to me, ‘Our democracy is a people’s democracy. It can be as great as a people can be, but it’s also as fallible as people are. And our democracy is vitally dependent on good people being actively engaged in the process.’"

Throwback: Ana Kasparian interviewed actor and activist George Takei and discussed how spending early parts of his life in a US internment camp motivated him to stay engaged in politics. 


Captain Midnight makes sure his comics will be rare.


Captain Midnight makes sure his comics will be rare.


A French woman prays for lost loved ones in a church following the Battle of Cherbourg. The Battle of Cherbourg was part of the larger Battle of Normandy and was fought immediately after the successful Allied landings (codename: Operation Overlord) on 6 June 1944 in France. American troops isolated and captured the fortified port, which was considered vital to the campaign in Western Europe, in a hard-fought, month-long campaign. Cherbourg-Octeville, Manche, Lower Normandy, France. July 1944. Image taken by David E. Scherman. 


Found a black and white picture I wanted to color.


Saturday’s a Holiday for Most of the Nation’s Small Fry, but to These Youngsters of Roanoke, Va. It’s Fat-Collection Day. ca. 10/1942 by The U.S. National Archives on Flickr.

A través de Flickr:
Original Caption: Saturday’s a holiday for most of the nation’s small fry, but to these youngsters of Roanoke, Va., it’s fat-collection day.

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: NLR-PHOCO-A-65701(31)

Created By: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945

From:: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Public Domain Photographs

Production Date: ca. 10/1942

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Repository: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library (Hyde Park, NY)

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted
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