10 Truly Horrifying Photographs of Atrocities Committed by the Nazi Party

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    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  

The Demmin Suicides

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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 Vienna Strangler: Acclaimed Author and Serial Killer

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  Serial killer Johann “Jack” Unterweger was born August 16, 1950 in Styria, a southeastern region of Austria. His mother, Theresia, was a Vietnamese barmaid and waitress who had allegedly worked as a prostitute. Jack’s father was an American soldier named Jack Becker whom his mother met in Trieste, Italy. While pregnant with Jack, Theresia spent time in jail for fraud but was released before his birth. When she was arrested again in 1953, Jack was sent to live with his violent, alcoholic grandfather in Carinthia, California. In 1966, at the age of sixteen, Jack Unterweger was first arrested for […]

Decorated WWI Soldier Spares Hitler’s Life

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   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.   […]

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Everybody Poops: The Post-Mortem Edition

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After a person has been declared clinically dead and biological death occurs, long after our sentient personality has left this world, certain bodily functions just keep on keepin’ on. Old habits die hard, and in the case of the human body, some habits won’t die just because you do. 1. Brain Activity & Our Five Senses You may have heard at one point in your life that after death, brain activity continues for a period of time. This is true to some extent, though most of the postmortem brain activity is actually the brain making one last attempt to keep itself […]

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Dying with Dignity: One Woman’s Willful Journey into Death

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The following video documents the final days of a woman who opted for physician-assisted suicide in 2010. Seventy-four year old Michele Causse Deriaz, a resident of Toulouse, France traveled to Switzerland with her partner and a friend in order to die on the day of her birth, July 29th. Michele’s story is very intriguing; She speaks bluntly, even joyfully, on the subject of her death and has strong yet simple views on the topic of Dying with Dignity. Michele volunteered for cameras to follow her in the days leading to her scheduled death and to be present as she chose to take […]

The Most Beautiful Suicide

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Sixty-nine years ago today, May 1st 1947, Evelyn McHale committed suicide by jumping from the 86th floor observation deck at the Empire State Building around 10:40 AM. The 23-year-old woman landed on a United Nations Assembly Cadillac Limousine that was parked on 34th Street approximately 200 feet (61 meters) west of 5th Avenue. Despite having fallen 1,050 feet (320 meters), her body appeared to be intact, even serene, as though she were sleeping. Her ankles are folded in a lady-like pose appropriate for the time, a gloved hand clutching her pearls, the only sign of damage is a tear in her hose. […]

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Hannelore Schmatz “The German Woman”

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Hannelore Schmatz was a German mountaineer born on February 16, 1940. On October 2, 1979 she became the first woman, and the first German citizen to die on the upper slopes of Mount Everest. Her husband, 50-year-old Gerhard Schmatz was the leader of the expedition, becoming the oldest person to have summited Mount Everest up to that time. It is common on Everest for expedition teams to split up into smaller groups, having a few summit at a time as the rest remain at base camp. Hannelore summited that day with Swiss-American Ray Genet and a Sherpa, Sungdare. After a successful summit, Schmatz and Genet were […]

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

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 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 […]

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