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Tirana City Scenes
Tirana, Albania
By mattia.marinolli
19 Jun 2015

Footage of Tirana's Rinia Park and 100 Years Independence Memorial, designed by Visar Obrija and Kai Roman Kiklas. Chosen by the State Commission for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of independence.
The artwork was built in Austria at a cost of 350,000 euros. It is said to resemble a house (or tower) which is opening from isolation toward freedom.

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Vigil in Berlin for Migrants Drowned ...
Berlin, Germany
By luigi serenelli
24 Apr 2015

A vigil was held in Berlin to commemorate the hundreds of migrants who died in the shipwreck off the Libyan coast on April 19. People taking part laid candles and flowers on the street. The ceremony turned into a peaceful protest in front of the European Commission Berlin office in an attempt to raise awareness about the need to step up search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

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Vigil for drowned migrants 02
Berlin, Germany
By luigi serenelli
24 Apr 2015

A man offers a lighted candle during the vigil on Unter den Linden street in Berlin.

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Vigil for drowned migrants 03
Berlin, Germany
By luigi serenelli
24 Apr 2015

A young man lighting a candle at the vigil in Berlin to commemorate the hundreds who died in the shipwreck in the Mediterranean.

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Vigil for drowned migrants 04
Berlin, Germany
By luigi serenelli
24 Apr 2015

A man and a woman during the one minute silence to commemorate the hundreds who died in the shipwreck in the Mediterranean.

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Vigil for drowned migrants 05
Berlin, Germany
By luigi serenelli
24 Apr 2015

A young woman placing a candle on a bike during the vigil to commemorate the hundreds who died in the shipwreck in the Mediterranean.

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Berlin, Germany
By luigi serenelli
24 Apr 2015

People lighting candles on Unter den Linden street in Berlin to commemorate the hundreds who died in the shipwreck in the Mediterranean.

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Berlin, Germany
By luigi serenelli
24 Apr 2015

A man holding a candle during the vigil to commemorate the hundreds who died in the shipwreck in the Mediterranean.

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Berlin, Germany
By luigi serenelli
24 Apr 2015

Candles and flowers laid in front of the European Commission office in Berlin.

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Vigil for drowned migrants 01
Berlin, Germany
By luigi serenelli
22 Apr 2015

A woman holds a candle and a flyer in Berlin Unter den Linden asking “Fortress Europe” to open up its borders.

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Colonel Claude Mademba
Nimes
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Apr 2015

Colonel Mademba fought in North Africa and Italy with British and French forces as an infantryman against German forces.

"On May 5th 1945, I fired my last shell from my Sherman tank at Hitler's Berghof complex," he said.

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Lahcen Majid
Saint Remi
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Apr 2015

Lahcen Majid fought as an infantrymen in Italy as part of a Moroccan outfit attached to Free French forces, against the German army.

"On May 11th 1944, right before the last major push for Monte Cassino, I saw the entire countryside light up with an artillery barrage," he said. "By 2:00 a.m. hundreds of Allied soldiers were already arriving at our hospital to be treated."

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Joel D. Pasado
Los Angeles, CA
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Apr 2015

Joel D. Pasado was a rebel fighter in the Philippines against Japanese forces.

"We surrounded the hospital," he said. "The defenders fought hard, as they had to fight room to room throwing grenades and using bayonets. On one occasion I stormed a room filled with Japanese soldiers. One tried to stab me, but was shot by one of my soldiers and was killed. He saved my life."

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Portrait of a Generation: WWII Vetera...
New York City, NY
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
07 Apr 2015

The Second World War was fought by an entire generation of men from more than 60 nations. Americans, Canadians, Russian, British, Chinese, South Africans and many others fought the Japanese, Spaniards, Italians, Germans, Slovaks and more, all were embroiled in a war which killed over 50 millions soldiers and civilians alike, making this conflict the bloodiest in Human history. The 1921/22-generation is today often known as a sacrificed generation, which fought for a various array of beliefs all intertwined in self-sacrifice and honor. In Germany alone 5.2 million soldiers were killed or missing in battle in a six-year period, Japan lost over 2 million men in combat, while the United States suffered 409 thousand men killed in action. However Russia holds the morbid record, with more than 10 million killed between 1941 and 1945. These astounding numbers show the brutality in which this war was fought in the air, on land and in the seas.

As a journalist, always in search for a certain historical truth within today’s framework, the stories of each of these men interviewed and photographed is a treasure of human perseverance. The project contains no pretense to judge or criticize the actions or decisions taken by these men, but it is rather a recollection of a period drastically different from ours. Their testimony is relevant in a historical sense, which should not be lost in time, as the next generations to come can and should learn from this generation.

The project itself differs from other veteran type shoots, in the sense that it tries to combine so many different nationalities. This combination was hard to achieve. It took no less than 5 years and travels to over 12 countries to meet, photograph, and interview these men. As a photojournalist, it was not only the photo shoot that was interesting, but also the search to meet these veterans, especially the ex Waffen SS and the foreign elements who fought within its ranks; and the more obscure nationalities who fought alongside major powers, like Croatians or Senegalese.

The photography project deals with as many nationalities as possible, for the simple reason that many nations were involved in the fighting. So far I have photographed Germans, Russians, Armenians, Karabastis, French, Belgium, Poles, Americans, Nepalese, Croatian, Czechs, Latvians, Japanese Americans, Pilipino, Hungarians and more…, which includes 221 men from 59 different nationalities.  Each man is interviewed on his experience through out the war. The goal of this project is to reunite as many veterans as possible from most of the nations involved in the Second World War.

FULL ARTICLE AND INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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A Hero Found: Missing Soldier Returns...
Gilan, Sangar, ُSangar Road, Iran
By Hosain Nazari
07 Mar 2015

Born 16 july 1968 in Shahrestan village, near the northern Iranian city of Rasht, Mohammad Ali Hasanjani was only 18 years old when he was deployed by the Iranian Army on the frontlines of the Iran-Iraq war. Soon after he was killed and his body never recovered. For 27 years he lay missing, buried amidst the wreckage of war, his family having no remains with which to mourn. However, after missing for 27 years, Mohammad's body was found and he was recently returned home to his village for a hero's funeral. 

During the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1989) hundreds of thousands of soldiers were killed on both sides. In Iran, people who were killed in the conflict were declared martyrs, or heroes for their country. Due to the chaotic and exceptionally deadly nature of the war, many soldiers went missing in battle. At the end of the war, the search began to find those missing in action and the mission continues to this day. Many of those soldiers who are found are never identified. However, in some cases, like that of Mohammad Ali Hasanjani, missing soldiers are indentified and returned home for a long overdue funeral. 

These photos chronicle the funeral of Mohammad Ali Hasanjani 27 years after he was killed. 

 

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The World's Longest-Running Civil War
Myawaddy, Myanmar
By vincenzo floramo
30 Jan 2015

Photos by Vincenzo Floramo

Text by Portia Larlee

Thick fog lifted at the break of dawn January 31 to reveal rows of troops at the Karen National Liberation Army headquarters on the Thai-Myanmar border. It was Karen Revolution Day and hundreds of onlookers from Karen villages and refugee camps border-wide had gathered to commemorate Britain's departure from Burma in 1948 and the subsequent civil war between Karen and government forces. Decades later Karen, young and old, are driven by the fierce nationalism of generations past in the push for political autonomy.  The event was an excellent starting point from which to discuss what a post-ceasefire Myanmar might look like. The peace process continues, with a seventh round of ceasefire talks set for the coming months. Karen leaders, including Karen National Union chairman Mutu Say Poe addressed troops at the KNLA headquarters, urging a nationwide ceasefire – and eventually a "federal army." Discussion of “security reform” was missing from the day's speeches, largely because the future of Myanmar's ethnic minority armies following a nationwide ceasefire remains unclear. What will become of Myanmar's freedom fighters? 

FULL ARTICLE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

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In Memory of the Heaven's Hundred 1
Kiev, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
26 Feb 2014

A mother and her son at the Heaven's Hundred memorial in Kiev.

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (7 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 May 2013

A flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passes by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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International Children's Day (4 of 18)
Ankara, Turkey
By Amy Hume
23 Apr 2013

Ataturk
Turkey's International Children's Day, April 23, was created in 1927. In addition to local school celebrations, many people pay their respects to the Turkish Republic's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on this day. Atatürk, who adopted 13 children, stressed the importance of education for future success of the Republic.

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (15 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A police officer secures the area waiting for the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (14 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A police officer secures the area waiting for the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (13 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A street cleaner works near a protestor after the funeral ceremony of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at St. Paul's cathedral in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (12 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A woman poses with a soldier who escorted the flag-draped coffin carrying the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to St. Paul's cathedral in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (11 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A woman holds a sign as the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher arrives at St. Paul's cathedral in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (9 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

People film the scene after the flag-draped coffin carrying body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher arrived at St. Paul's cathedral in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (8 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passes by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013..PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (6 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

Soldiers walk away after they escorted the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (5 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

Police officers secure the area as they wait for the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (4 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

Soldiers walk away after escorting the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (3 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A small group of protestors gather as they wait for the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (2 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A small group of protestors gather as they wait for the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.
PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral (1 of 15)
London, England
By Karel Prinsloo
17 Apr 2013

A police officer secures the area, waiting for the flag-draped coffin carrying the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pass by 10 Downing street in London, Britain, on 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral
London, England
By U.S. Editor
17 Apr 2013

Onlookers watch as the flag-draped coffin with the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passes by 10 Downing street in London, Britain 17 April 2013. Baroness Thatcher died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87 on 08 April 2013.

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary of Tsunami
Fukushima, Japan
By U.S. Editor
11 Mar 2013

March 11, 2013, memorial services were held for the two-year anniversary of 3.11 across northern Japan. Two years after 3.11, some things have changed but many problems remain in disaster areas. Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that caused an serious accident is still in hazardous condition. People who used to live in No-Go-Zone have not been able to go back to their hometowns. The decontamination plan for a huge contaminated area by radiation is late. Also, home rebuilding efforts are slow. However, in such severe situation, the people do not forget to pray for the victims of 3.11.

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

People pray for the victims of the tsunami at the shore from where the tsunami came to mark the second anniversary of 3.11. Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A man prays for the victims at the shore from where the tsunami came on the second anniversary of 3.11.
Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

An old women who lost six relatives in the tsunami prays for them in front of a grave on the second anniversary day of 3.11. Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A flower someone offered at a shore where the tsunami came from.
Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013