It can be difficult initially to work out exactly what is going on in this image. The poses, the varied expressions, the public onlookers — you could almost think that it was part of a parade or done in jest, until you notice the gunman in the background. What you’re actually seeing here is the punishment and public humiliation of Dutch citizens who were accused of collaboration with occupying Germans. After the liberation of Deventer, these people were rounded up by the Dutch Forces of the Interior. The shaved heads of the women were likely a part of the humiliation.


Deventer, Overijssel, Netherlands.

May 1945.

Credit: Anti-Worlds