There something especially harrowing about this photo, showing Finnish Karelian villagers beginning a funeral procession. The funeral was for two young girls — aged just nine and eleven, were were killed on May 1, 1942 during the Soviet bombardment of Nurmoila, part of The Continuation War. The Continuation War ran from 1941 to 1944, between Finland and the Soviet Union, after large areas had been captured by the Soviets in the Winter War of 1940. But the Continuation War left hundred of thousands of casualties in its wake — and this photo reminds us of the innocents who lose their lives in the depths of warfare.
Nurmoila, Karelia, Finland (now, Nurmolitsy, Republic of Karelia, Russia). 3 May 1942.
Credit: Anti Worlds