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Archive for April 10, 2015

Allied soldiers mock Hitler atop his balcony at the Reich Chancellery in Berlin; July 6th, 1945

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With the final victory over Nazi Germany achieved, soldiers and allies of the British, American and Russian armies mimic and mock Adolf Hitler and his ideas on Hitler’s famous balcony at the Chancellery in conquered Berlin. The photo is taken on 6th July, 1945 (1945 (about 2 months after Germany’s surrender, 1 month before Hiroshima and the day after the Phillipines were liberated). Corporal Russell M. Ochwad, of Chicago, plays the part of Hitler on the famous balcony of the Chancellery, in Berlin, from which the former Nazi leader had proclaimed his 1,000-year empire. A British and Russian soldier stand on each side of Cpl. Ochwad, while American and Russian soldiers cheer at the little get-together.

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A hooded witness testifies in court on narcotic traffic in Washington; ca. April 30th, 1952

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A cured narcotic addict testifies at the Washington State crime investigation committee. The witness was allowed to wear a hood to conceal his identity while testifying on the narcotic traffic in Washington.


This type of testimony was ruled unconstitutional because it prevented the jury from assessing the witness’s credibility.