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The Most Heartbreaking Photos Of Human Emotions Ever Taken

Some images speak a thousand words. Here’s a collection of photographs capturing the depth of people’s eyes and showing true emotions. Take a look at these the most heartbreaking photos of human emotions ever taken. They’ll leave you stunned!

The eyes of acceptance

On September 16 and September 22, 1941, the Nazis rounded up all of the Jews in the town of Vinnitsa, Ukraine, and executed them. Pictured here in this famous photograph we see a man, kneeling before a pit filled with bodies, about to be shot by a German soldier. This photograph was found among a German soldier’s photo album, and on the back was written the title “The Last Jew of Vinnitsa”.

The eyes of salvation

Jewish refugees, approaching allied soldiers, become aware that they have just been liberated from a ‘holocaust train’, April, 1945.

The eyes of agony

The photo of Omayra Sanchez, a 13 years old Colombian girl, pinned beneath the debris of her house after a volcano eruption. She died a few hours later after a 55 hours of struggling to survive.

The eyes of defiance

Soviet POW stares at Heinrich Himmler, head of the Gestapo and the Waffen-SS. This man is often confused with Horace Greasley.

The eyes of panic

Hillsborough disaster – Fans crushed against fence during FA Cup semi final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, April, 1989. The crush resulted in the deaths of 96 people and injuries to 766 others. The incident has since been blamed primarily on the police. The incident remains the worst stadium-related disaster in British history and one of the world’s worst football disasters

The eyes of spite

Elizabeth Ann Eckford made history as a member of the Little Rock Nine, the nine African-American students who desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The image of fifteen-year-old Eckford, walking alone through a screaming mob in front of Central High School, propelled the crisis into the nation’s living rooms and brought international attention to Little Rock (Pulaski County). You can almost taste the baseless anger on the faces of the women chasing her.

The eyes of envy

Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield at a 20th Century Fox party thrown in Sophia Loren’s honor April 12th, 1957.

The eyes of hate

Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Goebbels smiled at him until he learned that Eisenstaedt was Jewish. A moment Eisenstaedt captured in this photo. “He looked at me with hateful eyes and waited for me to wither,” the photographer recalled.

The eyes of poverty

Contrast between the people and the absolute poverty they live in.

The eyes of despair

A woman lying on the pavement in the Warsaw ghetto, starving to death. Taken by a a German soldier called Heinz Joest, Poland, 1941.

The eyes of amazement

The exact moment Harold Whittles, born deaf, hears for the first time after being fitted with a hearing aid.

The eyes of sun

The eyes of a child that saw the Hiroshima nuclear blast.

The eyes of shame

A French woman has her head shaved by civilians as a penalty for having consorted with German troops. Taken just after WWII ended.

The eyes of happiness

The eyes of madness

A Shell Shocked soldier in a trench during the Battle of Courcelette in mid-September 1916. Shell shock was the reaction of soldiers in World War I to the trauma of battle.

The eyes of fear

A fifteen year old German soldier, Hans-Georg Henke, cries after being captured by the US 9th Army in Rechtenbach, Germany, on April 3, 1945. He was a member of the Luftwaffe anti-air squad (Flakhelfer) who burst into tears as his world crumbled around him. His father died in 1938 and his mother in 1944. He joined the Luftwaffe to support himself.

The eyes of suffering

A nine-years-old Nguyen Thi Ly, suffers from Agent Orange disabilities. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed some 12 million gallons of Agent Orange herbicide over Vietnam. This defoliant was used to immediately destroy crops, clear vegetation, and remove the dense forest that provided food and cover for Vietcong forces. At least 4.5 million Vietnamese, and 2.5 million American veterans, may have been exposed to the pesticide. Although the spraying ended 30 years ago, the dioxin from Agent Orange is still wreaking havoc on three generations of victims.

The eyes of courage

Bibi Aisha, 18. Her mutilated face on the cover of Time magazine sparked controversy over the threat that looms over every Afghan woman.

The eyes of exhaustion

Close-up of the haunting stare of an emaciated American war prisoner as he lies on cot after his liberation from German prison camp by Allied forces. Taken in Limburg, Germany, 1945.

The eyes of lost innocence

The photo shows Ahmed, the eight-year-old son of a Syrian rebel fighter, smoking and standing guard with an AK-47 outside a barricade in Aleppo. He is one of the youngest fighters to be swept into his country’s civil war and something in his blank expression seems to hint at horrors that no child of his age should ever have to witness.

The eyes of predator

Kiwi SAS operator Willie Apiata in Afghanistan deciding if the photographer is a threat.

The eyes of innocence

The eyes of fear

This woman was rescued by two policemen, who used a rock to smash the window of her sinking BMW seconds before her car sunk to the bottom of the sea and she ran out of air.

The eyes of relief

A heart surgeon, Zbigniew Religa, after a successful 23-hour heart transplant operation. Note the assistant sleeping in the corner of the operating room.

The eyes of discovery

Anna Fisher was the first mother in space in 1985.

The eyes of peace

This unknown soldier was with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Battalion in South Vietnam in 1965. War is hell.

The eyes of curiosity

A group of men being taught how to use condoms for the first time in Papua, Indonesia.

The eyes of desperation

A group of hungry homeless men wait patiently to receive free food being distributed outside a mosque in New Delhi, India.

The eyes of gratefulness

12-year-old Brazilian boy Diego Frazão Torquato, plays the violin through tears at his teacher’s funeral. His teacher had helped him escape a life of poverty and violence through music.


The eyes of a drunk student.

The eyes of drunk student

Do you like these photos of human emotions? Share them with your friends and check out 2014: Year In Emotions.

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