German and Austrian Suicides

++++++CONTAINS SOME GRAPHIC IMAGES+++++++   April and May 1945 marked the final stages and the end of World War II in Europe. It also saw an increase of suicides by civilians in Germany and Austria. Cyanide had been one of the most common ways how people killed themselves. Members of the Hitler Youth handed out cyanideContinue reading “German and Austrian Suicides”

Banzai-Suicides for the Emperor

How do you fight an enemy that is not afraid to kill themselves? In the air they had the Kamikaze pilots on the ground they had troops carrying out Banzai charges, how can you fight an enemy that has absolutely no regard for life? Not even their own lives. How do you fight an armyContinue reading “Banzai-Suicides for the Emperor”

The desperate act of Ernst Kurt Lisso,Deputy Mayor of Leipzig.

As the Red Army and the Western Allies pressed closer and closer to Berlin suicides grew. Thousands of Germans committed suicide in the spring of 1945, rather than face occupation and the expected abuse by their victors. 3,881 people were recorded as committing suicide during April in the Battle of Berlin, although the figure isContinue reading “The desperate act of Ernst Kurt Lisso,Deputy Mayor of Leipzig.”

Demmin mass suicide-1 May 1945

On May 1, 1945, hundreds of people committed mass suicide in the town of Demmin, in the Province of Pomerania(now in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), Germany. The suicides occurred during a mass panic that was provoked by atrocities committed by soldiers of the Soviet Red Army, who had sacked the town the day before. Although death toll estimatesContinue reading “Demmin mass suicide-1 May 1945”