This image from inside the British HMS Castor was taken in June, 1916. It shows damage after shelling during the two-day Battle of Jutland that ended on the 1st of June. The crew of this battleship suffered ten casualties fighting the Germans.
This image of the German city of Magdeburg was taken on the 29th of May, 1952, seven years after the end of the Second World War.
Trapped behind the Iron Curtain, as the city was occupied by the Soviets at the end of the war (and the region turned into East Germany), very few of the city’s pre-war buildings were ever restored. Many were left in their bombed state or simply abandoned for years before being pulled down.
The 24th of April, 1933 is considered to be the day Nazi Germany began their persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as it is the date the Bible Student headquarters in Magdeburg were seized by police. This came only a few months after Adolf Hitler came to power.
If Jehovah’s Witnesses were willing to renounce their religion they were promised freedom from persecution. Below is a Nazi renouncement document.
From 1935 onwards, many people who kept their religion were sent to concentration camps.