Historical Photos 3.

Jewish Refugees

Refugee

As Europe boiled into World War II, life was made impossible for the Jewish people. They weren’t allowed to work, and they were shoved into ghettos. The best solution for living a normal life was to emigrate out of Germany, by the late ’30s there was a full blown refuge crisis at hand. 

Countries like America and France didn’t want to accept the people immigrating into their countries to stay alive and attempted to send them back to a thier own country who wanted to exterminate them.

Sean Healy

Sean Healy

Seeking to end British rule in Ireland, a large group of Irish insurrectionists rose up during Easter Week, April 1916 in an attempt to create an independent Irish Republic, while most of the British military forces were embroiled in World War I. Many of the fighters were in their late teens and early 20s, and there were also members of the uprising who were as young as 14. 

One such youngster was Sean Healy, a boy who worked as a messenger during the uprising. He was sent home by the group leaders when they decided he was too young to be in the fray, but he was hit by a stray bullet and lost his life near his home in Phibsborough.


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Soldier V War

When soldiers move into a hostile area there are no assurances as to what their job will really be. Will they be peacekeepers? Will they be asked to take the lives of soldiers who are just like them and doing their jobs? Or will they be asked to be saviors, moving through gunfire in order to save the lives of the innocent? 

American soldiers do whatever they’re called upon to do, in order to keep the world safe. This man is a hero, but to him it’s just another day on the job. Is it a normal job? Not to most people, but for him it’s just what he does when he puts on the uniform.


Samuel Reshevsky

Reshevsky

To be a chess master is to see things that other people simply cannot see. When you look at a chess board you see the near infinite amount of moves that are available to you, you see what your opponent is going to do, and most of all, you see exactly how you’re going to win. 

Samuel Reshevsky was a Polish born chess master who astounded the world with his playing as a child. He wasn’t just some flash in the pan prodigy, Reshevsky dominated the sport for four decades, but he’s most remembered as the little boy with blonde curls in a sailor suit who destroyed every chess player that got in his way.


Coast Guard Beach Patrol

Coast Guard Beach Patrol

While they don’t get the same amount of accolades as the Navy and they aren’t portrayed in nearly as many movies as the Marines, the Coast Guard is an important branch of the U.S. military. Their job is to make sure that maritime law is being followed at all times. They do this without benefitting from the defense budget - technically they’re under the department of transportation - but that doesn’t stop them from doing a bang up job.


Abebe Bikila

Abebe Bikila

Today runners who make it to the Olympic Games are doing so with a stack of endorsements from different shoe companies, clothing magnates, and even different kinds of socks. That’s all well and good, but all the endorsements in the world won’t make you a gold medal runner. 

In 1960, 28 year-old Abebe Bikila proved that you don’t need fancy shoes to win a race when he took home the gold in the Olympic marathon. Not only was he the first person to win the race in the modern era sans shoes, but he was the first East African to win a medal. Eventually he was able to nab a shoe sponsorship, and four years later he won another gold medal.


policeman protects KKK member

Policeman

Regardless of race, creed, or ideology it’s the job of the police to serve and protect - even if the people they’re serving and protecting hate them. 

This photo was taken during one of the most violent KKK rallies of the ‘80s, as the hate group marched across 10 blocks from a city park to the Capitol and back they were met with protesters wielding bricks, rocks, and bottles. The city called in 400 officers to assist the Klan, but there were still a lot of injuries. 11 people, four officers, six protesters, and one reporter, were injured, and 13 people were arrested.


Al Capone's free soup kitchen

Soup Kitchen

This is a colorized photo showing the 1920 and early ‘30s when Al Capone was one of the most successful businessmen in America, it’s just that his businesses weren't on the up and up. His empire was built on bootlegging, prostitution and  a gambling operation that fed into his violent nature. In 1929 he ordered the deaths of seven of his rivals during the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. 

While he was ruling Chicago with an iron hand he was using the other palm to hand out food to the city’s less fortunate. His soup kitchen served 350 loaves of bread, 100 dozen rolls, 50 pounds of sugar and 30 pounds of coffee a day.





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