Then I realized that this was an escape for these people. Perhaps these images were of times gone by and they were reliving a past event to get them through whatever dreadful existence they were currently in by Hitler. Or perhaps they wanted to create an image to brighten up the block they were in. Just to help pass the time.
It made me think of the American Civil War how soldiers would write diary entries, letters home, or invented the game of baseball. These people were looking for a creative outlet and wanted to have a sense of normal life. In such trying times that forever change your the human mind will provide a muse to help navigate you through.
I think of famous comedians, musicians, and artists who provide so much joy and bliss to the world. Yet inside they suffer from their own demons that cause them to have so much pain. We as humans cannot fully see the torment of a fellow human. We do not know what difficulties they suffer and how it pains them. We only see the surface and believe in what we see.
The rock group Sixx A.M. wrote a song called "Skin." This song speaks of people being more than just the skin that we see. All we see is outside of a person and we are quick to judge. Yet if we had the opportunity to really know a person and see beyond them we would find a person who may be tormented, in need of love, in need of reassurance, or suffer silently from some disease. These images from WWII really paint and show a picture that humans are resilient but we must truly begin to accept people for more than just what we see.
This message needs to be shared with adults and children. Because we see a handicapped person and we feel pity or sadness for them. We may even treat the person differently as a result. For example, Franklin Roosevelt would be viewed differently if people had known he was paralyzed. Yet he was a four term President and few knew of his disabilities until after his death. If people had known of his disability it is highly probable he never would be President of the USA. Or Stephen Hawking. Hawking was a genius even though hr could not physically speak. He was highly respected and still had a sense of humor. Yet if this were before technological advancements people would view Hawking vastly differently.
We need to look beyond the skin of people and view the true person. There are amazing stories to tell and we must be willing to accept differences. We ask kids to do this at school yet as adults we must set a role model in order to make this cultural shift happen. But all it takes is the sincerity of a few people for this to catch on. Let's hope that it catches on sooner than later.