What We Love This Week, Volume CVII

Auschwitz Portraits Danuta

“Danuta Bogdaniuk-Bogucka was 10-years-old when she was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau camp with her mother. Bogdaniuk-Bogucka was part of Josef Mengele’s experiments when she was in Auschwitz.” Source: Bored Panda

Powerful Portrait Series Of Auschwitz Survivors On The 70th Anniversary Of Their Liberation

Auschwitz Portraits Ulatowski

“Jerzy Ulatowski, 83, was taken by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau when he was 13-years-old. In January 1945 he managed to escape with his family, as there was a lack of power in the barbed wire surrounding the camp.” Source: Bored Panda

On January 27th, 1945, the Soviet Red Army invaded Auschwitz and put an end to the concentration camp’s days. While officially marking the death of the camp that itself killed 1.1 million people, for those who survived the pain of Auschwitz lives on. In light of this and the 70th anniversary of the remaining prisoners’ liberation, Reuters photographers interviewed and took photographs of Auschwitz survivors. Their stories provide a reminder of the depths to which humanity may fall if we stop paying attention. Check out more stories at Bored Panda.

Auschwitz Portraits Pink

“Halina Brzozowska was 12-years-old during the Warsaw Uprising when her family were sent to a camp in Pruszkow, she and her 6-year-old sister were then moved by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Brzozowska said that it was hard to say what had happened to them, that they were taken from their homes, family and lost their childhood.” Source: Bored Panda

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The Surreal Reality of HR Giger

At Work

Source: MTV

If the purpose of art is to hold a mirror up to reality and encourage us to look at the world in new and different ways, then Hans Rudolf Giger was one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. For over 40 years, from his first solo exhibition in 1966 to his 2011 death, Giger warped reality for audiences in art galleries and movie theaters around the world. His 1977 work, Necronom IV, caught the attention of director Ridley Scott and earned him a job as set designer for the 1980 film Alien.

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Why Not Vaccinating Your Kids Seems Safe (But Isn’t)

What every anti-vaxxer imagines, child in pain under vaccine

What anti-vaxxers imagines when they think “vaccine”- pain for their child. But it isn’t that simple. Source: Rauf Maltas, Getty

Last year, a massive measles outbreak in California led officials at the Centers For Disease Control to wonder just what might be causing so many new infections of a disease they thought had under control. The answer was simple: increasingly more people are choosing not to vaccinate their children.

The process of vaccination involves injecting a small amount of deactivated or dead virus into the body so that the body’s natural defenses can strengthen an immunity to it. It’s kind of like getting the other team’s playbook before the big game. These deactivated forms of viruses are used to prevent an extensive list of diseases, including pneumonia, whooping cough, influenza, and tuberculosis–preventable diseases that kill millions of people every year.

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Don’t Blame Millennials For Selfies; Blame 18th Century Monarchs

Selfie History Ducreux

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Portraiture saw its artistic heyday in the 18th century, when royalty enlisted the world’s greatest artists to convey their monarchial power and immortalize themselves on canvas. Nowadays, self-portraiture and its associated egoism aren’t just for the wealthy; they’re owned by the people. With advances in technology and changes in social norms, the common man grasps at immortality using the self-portrait or selfie—this time not shared through the royal courts but social media.

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