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At the Gates of Hell: The Liberation of Bergen-Belsen, April 1945

In the spring of 1945, photographs and witness accounts from the liberation of camps like Bergen-Belsen afforded the disbelieving world outside of Europe its first glimpse into the abyss of Nazi depravity

‘The Luckiest Generation’: LIFE With Teenagers in 1950s America

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Photos From the Ruins

Battle of the Bulge: Rare Photos From Hitler’s Last Gamble

The Photo That Changed the Face of AIDS

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‘I’m Gonna Live by the Gun and Roam’: Portrait of an American Spree Killer recalls a killing spree from a half-century ago — a reminder that the unspeakable and the sensational frequently go hand in hand, and that the lessons we glean from such savagery are, all too often, quickly forgotten.

See Barbara and George H.W. Bush’s Historically Long Love Story in Photos

Faces of the American Dead in Vietnam: One Week’s Toll, June 1969

How to Take a Group Portrait of 14 NFL Quarterbacks on Their Day Off

The Photograph That Captured the Horror of MLK’s Assassination