This Week In History, Mar. 12 – 18

Candid Hitler photos auctioned, infant remains unearthed in Ireland, exhumed Black Death victims found holding hands, suspected Nazi faces extradition, colonial burial ground discovered.

Storied Trove Of Candid Hitler Photos Finally Sees Light Of Day

Hitler In Chair

C&T AuctionsAdolf Hitler reads on the veranda of his Berghof estate in southern Germany, date unspecified, in a photo taken from a never-before-seen collection that just sold at auction this week.

A never-before-seen collection of intimate photographs of Adolf Hitler and his inner circle has now finally come to light — at least in part.

Over this past week, in the run up to the collection’s auction in England, the public has finally gotten a chance to see some of these candid WWII-era photos of Hitler, wife Eva Braun, and high-ranking Nazi officials including Heinrich Himmler and Hermann Goering.

While a few of these images have been made public, the complete collection has now passed into the hands of the anonymous auction winner, who purchased the collection for $41,000 at C&T Auctions in Kent on March 15.

Before then, the collection was only ever held by private collectors, the first of which bought it from British war photographer Edward Dean, who first discovered it while inside Hitler’s Berlin bunker just weeks after the Führer committed suicide there in April 1945.

See more of the photos and hear more of the story at History.

Infant Remains Discovered In Sewer System Of Old Catholic Home For Unmarried Women

Tuam Ireland Gate

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Historian Catherine Corless was convinced that there — long-buried in a sewage system under the streets of a little town in Western Ireland — lay the discarded remains of many babies. Possibly hundreds of them.

For years, no one believed her.

This week, however, a state-appointed dig uncovered “significant quantities of human remains” at the site of St. Mary’s House — a home for unmarried mothers and children that had run from 1925 to 1961.

Read the rest of this haunting, heartbreaking tale here.

Archaeologists Find Two Male Victims Of Black Death Holding Hands In Shared Grave

Male Victims Holding Hands

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Archaeologists have discovered the skeletons of two men who died more than 600 years ago holding hands in a grave underneath London.

Furthermore, the team from the Museum of London Archaeology that excavated the shared grave told Live Science that they were puzzled as to why the two men were holding hands. They suspect that the pair were either lovers or were related to each other.

Delve deeper here.

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