They say the eyes are a window into the soul. Our eyes contain more emotion than we could ever put into words. When we meet someone often the first thing we notice is their eyes, as a gauge for trust, intentions, desire and fear. Our eyes display who we are without even uttering a word and they show what we’ve been through and what we are going through. The guys at Santabana forum have compiled different historic pictures showing raw emotion whether it be at the high of someones life or the all time low. They have researched the story behind the people in the photos which explains the emotion you see. Take a look at these raw and powerful images.
A Shell Shocked soldier sits in a trench during the Battle of Courcelette in mid-September 1916. Shell shock was the reaction of soldiers in World War I to the heavy trauma of battle. It has been described as a reaction to the intensity of the bombardment and fighting that produced a feeling of helplessness appearing variously as panic, or flight, an inability to reason, sleep, walk or talk. “Simply put, after even the most obedient soldier had enough shells rain down on him, without any means of fighting back, he often lost all self-control.”
A Red Army soldier marches a German soldier into captivity at the battle of Stalingrad. The Germans were trapped and quickly ran out of heating fuel and supplies. They started falling victim to the cold, malnutrition and disease. It was one of the bloodiest battles in history with casualty estimates nearing 2 million.
A 15 year old German soldier named Hans-Georg Henke cries after being captured by the US 9th Army on April 3, 1945. He was a member of the German anti-air squad and joined after he lost his father in 1938 and his mother in 1944. He joined to support himself and his world was crumbling around him.
This US officer was just released from a German prison camp by allied forces. This closeup shows his emaciated face as he lies in a cot right after his liberation.
Bibi Aisha is 18 years old. In a practice known as baad, her father promised her to a Taliban fighter when she was 12 years old as compensation for a killing that a member of her family had committed. She was forcefully married at 14 and subjected to constant abuse. When she was 18, she fled the abuse but was caught by police, jailed, and immediately returned to her family. Her father returned her to the her in-laws she escaped from. To take revenge on her escape, her father-in-law, husband, and three other family members took Aisha into the mountains, cut off her nose and her ears, and left her to die. She was later rescued by aid workers and the U.S. military. Her mutilated face on the cover of Time magazine sparked controversy over the threat that looms over every Afghan woman.
Corporal Yukio Araki (17 years old) holding a puppy with four other young men (age 18 and 19 years old) of the 72nd Shinbu Corps around him. An Asahi Shimbun cameraman took this photo on the day before the departure of the 72nd Shinbu Corps from Bansei Air Base for their Kamikaze mission in Okinawa. Yukio Araki died at the age of 17 in a suicide attack on American ships near Okinawa on May 27, 1945. Almost all Army kamikaze pilots during the Okinawan campaign were between 17 and 22.
Sophia Lauren and Jayne Mansfield at a 20th Century Fox party held in Sophia’s honor. This was taken April 12, 1957.
The boy with the sapphire eyes. The photographer was bombarded with people accusing her of photoshop. She posted many other pictures of the boy proving that his eyes were really sapphire blue. The bright blue eyes represents Ocular Albinism or Juvenile uveitis. Both conditions cause the pigment of the iris to be less dense.
This photo shows a man on his knees knowing he is about to be executed and buried in a mass grave. This photo came from a soldiers personal album labeled “Last Jew of Vinnitsa”. In 1941 all 28,000 Jews in Vinnitsa and the surrounding areas were massacred.
This was taken just moments after a 23 hour-long successful heart transplant. The doctor is full of exhaustion and relief. That’s his assistant sleeping in the corner.
A homeless woman starving to death in the Warsaw ghettos, 1941.
This photo was taken the second Harold Whittles, born deaf, hears for the first time after being equipped with a hearing aid.
Taken during one of the biggest stadium disasters in history. The 1989 Hillsborough disaster occurred during the FA Cup between Liverpool and Nottingham football clubs. The stadium collapsed killing 96 people and injuring 766 others.
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This is Ahmed, an 8 year son of a Syrian rebel fighter. He stands guard with a cigarette and his AK-47. He is one of the youngest fighters to be involved in the areas civil war. His eyes have seen things no 8-year-old should ever have to witness making him cold and emotionless at such a young age.
Goebbels smiled at him until he learned that Eisenstaedt was Jewish – a moment Eisenstaedt captured in this photo. Suddenly, “he looked at me with hateful eyes and waited for me to wither,” the photographer recalled.
Sharbat Gula was orphaned during the Soviet Union’s bombing of Afghanistan and sent to the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan in 1984. Her village was attacked by Soviet helicopter gunships sometime in the early 1980s. The Soviet strike killed her parents, forcing her, her siblings and grandmother to hike over the mountains to the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in neighboring Pakistan
This woman is forcefully getting her head shaved as a punishment for consorting with German troops. This photo was taken right after WWII ended.
This is an unknown soldier with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Battalion on defense duty at Phuc Vinh airstrip in south Vietnam 1965.
At a puppet show these children are watching a dragon being slain in Paris, France 1963.
Beauty liberated, 1945. This woman shows the moment of her liberation. She is incredibly skinny and malnourished but her face is alive and glowing as if she had never been imprisoned.
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These images show the raw beauty that is the emotion within all of us. Whether it be the best time of our lives or the absolute worst we all experience emotion that consumes us. It is more powerful than anything we can understand and drives us to be who we are. The most amazing part is that our eyes tell everything.