10 Poignant Photographs From Humanity's Lowest Moments


A picture paints a thousand words, and that’s no truer than when it comes to insight into the worst moments of human misery. You’ll know many of these events—we’ve even covered some of them here before. This list isn’t about the events but about the power of photographs. These images bring you closer to the horror than any description could.

Mass Grave

Mass Grave

Before the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated in April 1945, the Nazis killed 50,000 people there. Anne Frank was among its victims—she was murdered just a month before the British arrived. The photograph of “Mass Grave 3″ was taken shortly after. The man standing casually among the uncountable bodies is camp doctor Fritz Klein, who was hanged for his role in December 1945.

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