Vintage Photos Reveal Life Inside Ravensbrück, A Women’s Concentration Camp

Women's concentration camp victims, rescued.

Rescued women

In 1938, Heinrich Himmler ordered the construction of Ravensbrück, a concentration camp exclusively for women. Around an hour north of Berlin, Ravensbrück also served as a training camp for female Nazi overseers, many of whom would go on to be chief wardresses at other concentration camps. From 1939 to 1945, over 100,000 women from 20 European countries had died at Ravensbrück, with the largest portion of inmates hailing from Poland. By the time of their liberation, only 15,000 prisoners were still alive.

Conditions at Ravensbrück were initially acceptable, with some expressing wonder at the manicured lawns, peacock-filled birdhouses and flower beds that adorned the great square. Soon enough, disease and famine struck, and SS guards began to conduct medical experiments on inmates, where they would cut into and infect bones, muscles and nerves and introduce wood or glass into them. Others were sterilized.

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Didn’t Like “American Sniper”? This Animated Short Is For You

To some critics, Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” was little more than neoconservative talking points tacked onto the silver screen: it glorified murderers, dehumanized victims, and ultimately presented war in a positive light. This animated short, “Confusion Through Sand”, casts a dark shadow on that vision, telling the story of a 19-year-old thrust into armed conflict and the toll it took on him. The hand-drawn short, made by animation studio Ornana films, required 6,000 pieces of paper to complete and premiered at South by Southwest.

Revolution Hits Romania In 1989

Romanian Revolution 1989

Nicolae Ceausescu was either asleep during history class or had an ego so large he thought he could escape it: no dictator whose actions completely suppress and starve his or her own people is going to last for too long. Such was the case in Romania, where after years of authoritarian Communist rule and stringent austerity measures, the people revolted. Not even the Communist leader’s cult of personality or promises of worker raises could save him: Ceausescu was put on trial and subsequently executed, and 42 years of Communist rule in Romania died with him.

The Shape Of The Milky Way’s Magnetic Field

Milky Way Magnetic Field

According to the European Space Agency, this Planck spacecraft-captured image reveals the shape of the Milky Way’s magnetic field. And, we might add, it looks oddly reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.

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