Prisoners of war – through the ages

In all times they were only weapons in the hands of countries. They are not enemies to each other, but tools of hostile countries. Once they lay down their arms, they become simply humans, and after the war should be released to their homeland. Unfortunately, the rights of prisoners of war are often violated, and it turns out as always: simple people suffer for the ambitions of those in power.

  • Prisoners depicted on the wall of the Abu Simba temple, Egypt. Photo by JoSchmaltz
  • Mongol riders with prisoners, 14th century. Photo from Staatsbibliothek Berlin
  • The interrogation of captured soldiers. 1900. Author unknown
  • German soldiers captured in Flanders by Brits. WWI. Author unknown
  • A photograph found on the body of a dead Japanese soldier showing NX143314 Sergeant (Sgt) Leonard G. Siffleet of “M” Special Unit, wearing a blindfold and with his arms tied, about to be beheaded with a sword. New Guinea. 24 October 1943
  • Japanese atrocities during the Second World War. Photo from Imperial War Museum
  • Aerial view of the prisoner of war compound at Hamburg packed with surrendered German troops. WWII. Photo by Saidman
  • Prisoners of war American soldiers. December 22, 1944. Photo by: Büschel
  • Argentine prisoners of war – Port Stanley. 16 June 1982. Photo by Kenneth Ian Griffiths
  • “Parade” of war prisoners in Donetsk. August 24, 2014. Photo by Eugene Feldman

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