HMS Castor. Wounded Received After the Battle of Jutland, 31st May 1916. X
Part of the First World War, it was one of the last battles fought solely between ships in the history of the world.
The HMS Castor – the British ship in the painting – can be seen above.
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.
The persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses continues today, with Russia outlawing the religion only days ago.
International Unemployment Day was an event that took place at the time of the Great Depression, occurring on the 6th of March, 1930. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including in the United States, Germany, England, France, Spain and Austria marched to protest mass unemployment.
In New York City and Detroit the protests turned violent, with baton-wielding police attacking crowds of tens of thousands.
New York’s The Communist newspaper gave the incorrect date for the event.
Germany, the non-Soviet country with the largest Communist Party, also saw their protests turn violent, while in Austria demonstrators clashed with Fascist youth in the streets of Vienna.
Iconic futuristic German film Metropolis premiered on the 10th of January, 1927.
Filmed in 1925 but set in the year 2026, the film is set in a city with ruling elites and poor workers living beneath them.
The film’s New Tower of Babel. X
Containing ground-breaking special effects, the film’s initial budget was 1.5 million reichsmarks, but increased to 5.1 million. Stories of the director forcing long working hours in difficult conditions on the actors (including 500 children) emerged from the set.
Metropolis regularly makes film critics’ lists of history’s greatest movies.