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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXVII

Syrian Girl Ash Blood

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Syria’s Children

Syrian Boy Girl Rubble

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Over the course of four years of war in Syria, over 4 million refugees have fled the country. Naturally, many of those 4 million are children. If they’re lucky, they’ve left their homes, been literally thrown over or shoved through barbed border fences, crossed seas, and found safe haven in Europe. Of course, many of Syria’s children aren’t at all that lucky. Head to The Atlantic to visit the rubble, hospitals, battlefields, and refugee camps where Syria’s youngest are bearing the brunt of this war.

Syrian Mother Baby Tent

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Adolf Hitler Had This Photo Of Himself Banned

Banned Picture Of Hitler

Even génocidaires have standards, apparently. In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler had publication of this photo (and others like it) banned because he considered it “beneath one’s dignity.”

How did these photos surface, then? In 1945, an Allied soldier named Alf Robinson found a tattered, coverless book in a bomb-blasted house in Germany, and added it to his collection of Nazi relics, according to reports. It turns out that the book was more or less a propagandistic Nazi party “fanzine” called Deutschland Erwache (Germany Awaken), and written by Baldur von Schirach in the 1930s.

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Seoul Sparkles At Night

Seoul

It’s truly a “miracle” that Seoul, South Korea looks the way it does today: following the destruction brought on by the Korean War, the “Miracle on the Han River” catapulted the country and sprawling capital city into its present status as a global economic powerhouse.

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How Muzak Shaped A Conformist America

Muzak Vintage Ad Woman

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Although it might be easier to ignore in an age where nearly ever American carries thousands of songs in their pocket, the unmistakable sound of Muzak still haunts us all. An estimated 100 million people (nearly a third of America’s population) are exposed to Muzak’s background music each day, whether in an elevator, on hold with the cable company or elsewhere. Although the Muzak brand technically went bankrupt in 2009 and lost its name in 2013 after new owners moved in, its technology set the stage for almost a century of bland, instrumental music that became the soundtrack to postwar America and continues to this day.

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