Prisoners of War

Prisoners of War, Sachsenhausen, Aachen, Nuremberg, POW, Tokyo Rose, Aomori, Prison Camp

We have gathered a collection of some of the best and most moving photos taken during the Second World War. They are from the National Archives in Washington D.C.
Please browse at your leisure. Meditate on the sacrifice given by these men and women in wartime.

This page is dedicated to pictures of Prisoners of War

Prisoners in the concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, Germany, December 19, 1938. Jewish civilians: copy of a German photograph taken during the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, Poland, 1943.
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"We were getting our second wind now and started flattening out that bulge. We took 50,000 prisoners in December alone." American soldier with captured Germans. Ca. 1944. "The endless procession of German prisoners captured with the fall of Aachen marching through the ruined city streets to captivity." Germany, October 1944.
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Nuremberg Trials: looking down on the defendants' dock. Ca. 1945-46 "German Gen. Anton Dostler is tied to a stake before his execution by a firing squad in the Aversa stockade. The General was convicted and sentenced to death by an American military tribunal. Aversa, Italy." Blomgren, December 1, 1945.
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"American prisoners of war celebrate the 4th of July in the Japanese prison camp of Casisange in Malaybalay, on Mindanao, P.I. It was against Japanese regulations and discovery would have meant death, but the men celebrated the occasion anyway." July 4, 1942. "Marines unloading Japanese POW from a submarine returned from war patrol." Lt. Comdr. Horace Bristol, ca. May 1945.
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"Correspondents interview 'Tokyo Rose.' Iva Toguri, American-born Japanese." September 1945. "Japanese POWs at Guam, with bowed heads after hearing Emperor Hirohito make announcement of Japan's unconditional surrender." August 15, 1945.
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"Gaunt allied prisoners of war at Aomori camp near Yokohama cheer rescuers from U.S. Navy. Waving flags of the United States, Great Britain and Holland." Japan, August 29, 1945.  
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