It’s a sobering realisation

The photo is Czeslawa Kwoka a Polish Catholic, a 14 year old girl, a child. She died in Auschwitz extermination camp on February 18 1943 with a phenol injection into her heart. Shortly before the execution, she was photographed by the prisoner Whilem Brasse. Brasse, subsequently went on to testify against Kwoka’s executioner. The photo…

The Forgotten Gypsy Holocaust The World Ignored

During the Porajmos, the Nazis exterminated a quarter of Europe’s Roma population, yet this brutal genocide went unacknowledged for decades. During the Holocaust, the Nazis and their allies killed about 25 percent of Europe’s entire Roma (a.k.a. Gypsy) population. This genocide, known as the Porajmos, remains one of the worst atrocities committed by the Nazis — and…

Thank God times have changed

Gravestones of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried in the same cemetery because of their religion, 1888

Malnourished

A severely malnourished four-year-old in Liverpool in 1900, when starvation, diseases and machine injuries killed many Credit: Liverpool Record Office/News Dog Media

Irish slave trade

Did you know ? The Irish slave trade began when 30,000 Irish prisoners were sold as slaves to the New World. The King James I Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold…

Liquid stockings

Liquid stockings and eye liner used to paint in the seams up the back. ………WWII makes you realise how lucky we are these days 😮😮

Canque

1905 A charitable Chinese man giving food to a criminal in a cangue. Petty criminals were sentenced to wear the canque, often for weeks/months and display themselves in public places. At best they were humbled by dependence on others to be fed, at worst, they might starve to death. The sign on the cangue describes…

Mabel broadbear

Mendip Hospital Cemetery In Memory of Mabel Broadbear (1876 – 1896) – Epileptic Mabel, daughter of Edward Broadbear, a butcher from Worle, Weston-super-Mare, and his wife Elizabeth, was admitted to the Wells Asylum on January 12th 1895, aged just 18 years. She had been subject to epilepsy for some years, her mother saying that she…

A mothers love

A MOTHER’S LOVE !!!! In 1943, Dita Gerlitz (6 years old) and her parents, Sara and Yehiel, were locked up in the Będzin Ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland. Dita’s mother knew that their next destination would most likely be death, so shortly before the ghetto was liquidated, she found a Christian couple, Theodor & Jaroslawa Florczak,…

Open wide

Open wide! Back-street horror of Victorian London dentistry exposed in grim photos from a time when a toothache would mean a painful trip to the barber In 19th and early 20th Century dentistry was done by barbers and blacksmiths Tooth decay was common but the ‘surgeons’ would yank teeth out with forceps Tens of thousands…