Deputy Mayor Ernst Kurt Lisso and his family after committing suicide by cyanide to avoid capture by US troops

As the Red Army and the Western Allies pressed closer and closer to Berlin suicides grew. Thousands of Germans committed suicide in the spring of 1945, [...]

Japanese soldiers surrendering to US Marines, Marshall Islands

He is naked because he was probably ordered to strip so he wasn’t concealing a weapon or explosive. It was very rare for Japanese soldiers to surrender [...]

A US soldier offers his hand to a woman leaving a cave where she had hidden with her child, Saipan

She isn’t only scared by the war, but also by the Japanese propaganda. The Japanese told everyone that Americans would rape and murder them if captured. [...]