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The Saipan Suicides

January 23, 2017 rehadlock 0

    On June 15, 1944, the 2nd and 4th United States Marine divisions, who had nick-named themselves the “Apple-Knockers” landed on the shores of Saipan. A few days later they were joined by the inexperienced 27th division of the New York National Guard. The three divisions were comprised of 71,000 U.S. soldiers who were charged with the task of carrying out ‘Operation Forager’. This operation was a critical strategical maneuver to the war; The intent of the attack was for Allied troops to gain control over the island. Saipan, part of the Mariana Islands chain in the western Pacific Ocean is located 2,250 […]

10 Truly Horrifying Photographs of Atrocities Committed by the Nazi Party

January 20, 2017 rehadlock 2

    Learn more about Aktion T4       Follow @PostMortem_Post on Twitter and Like us on Facebook! If you enjoyed this article, you might also like Aktion T4: The Nazi’s First Mass Murder Program, Series of Photographs Depicting the Act of Seppuku (Japanese Ritual Suicide) During WWII,  Decorated WWI Soldier Spares Hitler’s Life, The Demmin Suicides, ,  Mummified Body of WWII Pilot Discovered 66 Years Later, The Bombing of Guernica and Eerily Beautiful Vintage Crime Scene Photos  

Aktion T4: The Nazi Party’s First Mass Murder Program

January 18, 2017 rehadlock 0

The Nazi Party is most infamously known for perpetrating the Holocaust, a mass genocide of eleven-million “undesirables” during the reign of Hitler. However, many of the methods used during the Holocaust, including the use of the gas chamber, was developed during the Nazi’s first mass murder program: Aktion T4.   Aktion T4, which predated the Holocaust by two years, was an involuntary euthanasia program established by Adolf Hitler that focused on eliminating “life unworthy of life”. This program, which lasted from September 1939 until August 1941, was led by Philipp Bouhler, director of Hitler’s private chancellery and Karl Brandt, Hitler’s […]

The Demmin Suicides

January 16, 2017 rehadlock 0

During World War II the population of the small town of Demmin, Germany doubled due to an influx of refugees from the east. By 1945, 15,000-16,000 people were inhabiting the town, located just north of Berlin in the German province of Pomerania (modern-day MecKlenburg-Vorpommern). Demmin sat on a small peninsula with three sides of the town surrounded by the Peene and Tollense Rivers. In April of 1945, following the Battle of Berlin, the Eastern Front grew ever closer to Demmin. Women, children and the elderly were forced by German troops to dig a 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) long tank ditch […]

The Lurid Case of The Black Dahlia: Unsolved 70 Years Later

January 15, 2017 rehadlock 0

At 11:07 AM on January 15, 1947, housewife Betty Bersinger and her three-year-old daughter were walking from their home on Norton Avenue in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles to a nearby shoe repair shop. Development in Leimer Park had been halted at the onset of World War II and was still largely comprised of overgrown land. As the two walked down the west side of the 3800 block of South Norton Avenue that dreary morning, Betty spotted what she believed was a mannequin lying in a vacant lot, near the sidewalk; It’s top and bottom half were disconnected […]

Decorated WWI Soldier Spares Hitler’s Life

December 21, 2016 rehadlock 0

   On September 28, 1918 Private Henry Tandey, a British WWI soldier serving near the French village of Marcoing, happened upon a wounded German soldier. Out of compassion, Private Tandey chose to spare the young man’s life. Little did he know, his sympathy for this injured soldier would lead to the genocide of approximately 20 million people and bring about WWII; The German soldier Tandey spared was 29-year-old Adolf Hitler. Private Henry Tandey went on to become the most decorated private soldier in WWI. In 1923, a museum dedicated to Tandey’s regiment commissioned a painting from Italian war artist Fortunio Matania.   […]

Series of Photographs Depicting the Act of Seppuku During WWII

July 28, 2016 rehadlock 0

Seppuku, “belly-cutting”, is a form of ritual suicide by disembowelment. Originally, it was exclusively carried out by Japanese samurai. The act of seppuku was used as a way to die voluntarily with honor rather than by the hand of the enemy. Additionally, it was used as a form of atonement for those who had brought great shame upon themselves and their family. Sometimes the act of seppuku was ordered to be carried out as capital punishment for samurai who had committed a major offense.  This series of photos from World War II depicts a Japanese officer in the act of […]

The Genesee Hotel Suicide

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 On May 7, 1942 Russell Sorgi, a photographer for the Buffalo Courier Express in Buffalo, New York was on his way back to the office from an assignment. Having taken a different route than usual, Sorgi was passed by police cars when he decided to follow them. The cars pulled up to the Genesee Hotel at 530 Main Street where Russell Sorgi noticed a woman “sitting on a ledge outside an eighth-floor window” on the corner of Gennesee and Pearl Street. Sorgi’s recalled, “I snatched my camera from the car and took two quick shots as [the woman] seemed to […]

Life Before Death: Overcoming the Fear of Death Through Postmortem Photography

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 15

 German photographer Walter Schels and journalist Beate Lakotta set out to dispell their shared fear of death by photographing terminally ill people perimortem and postmortem in the series “Life Before Death”. Beate Lakotta and Walter Schel have been married for over twenty years; Schel is 30 years her senior. The two are well-aware Schels will most likely die long before Lakotta, an event which they both fear. Walter Schels grew up near Munich, Germany during the final years of World War II; His own home was bombed as a child and he saw many victims of the air raids. He […]