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Is this a real execution or is it staged? I know sometimes Germans would stage executions as a mean to terrorize prisoners in order to make them more collaborative (even if at the end they’d end up actually executing them or sending them to the Lager)
Edit: confirmed,it was a mock execution.
Blind died in the so called ‘Arbeitslager Blechhammer’ in Blachownia Śląska, Poland, in October 1944. He was not executed by firing squad. The photo was a mock execution as an attempt to get Georges Blind to talk. The exact date of his death is not known. He gained fame when this photo of him standing against a wall in the camp in Belfort smiling with Nazi marksmen pointing their weapons at Blind. A German soldier took the photo in Belfort, France. The image was published across the world mostly in newspapers and magazines..
Rade Končar (yugoslavian partisan) was arrested by the Germans. On his trial he got death sentence, unless he asked the court for lower sentence. His answer: "I don’t ask for mercy, nor would I give it to you if our roles were turned!" A real power move 🙂
Though it was a mock execution… I guess he never knew it was going to be a mock execution… And him smiling in the face of death shows what he was made of… War took too much from us but gave much more to keep wondering about the people and their courage stories…
recommend watching A FRENCH VILLAGE. the story of how a French village coped with the German invasion.