18 pictures that will make you speechless. I could barely make it past number 8.

Photographs are like silent witnesses. They give us a glimpse into a moment that normally would have faded away far too fast. But the story behind many of these pictures is so powerful and heart-wrenching that they leave me speechless. WOW!

1. The son of an alcoholic tries desperately to lift his drunken father to his feet.

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2. Shortly before the war’s end Jewish prisoners being transported to a concentration camp were freed from their death train.

3. A soldier on his fateful path to disarm an car bomb in Northern Ireland.

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5. John Lennon gives Mark David Chapman an autograph in front of a hotel. Chapman would murder John Lennon at the same spot six hours later.

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6. homeless man in front of a restaurant in Milwaukee, USA. Ignorance and bliss all in one.

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7. Tara Calico in a photo that was found in a parking lot in 1989. Tara was presumably kidnapped in 1988 and is since missing without a trace.

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8. A man shortly after he fatally struck an 8-year-old with his car.

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9. A Turkish guard holds a a slice of bread over starving Armenian prisoners. He would, however, never give the suffering the sustenance.

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10.A Russian war veteran at the Victory Day parade in Moscow. For years he met his brothers in arms here. But in 2011 he was the last survivor.

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11. Two wind farm technicians on a burning windmill. Just moments later they are forced to jump to their deaths.

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12. Collective suicide of the majority of the members of the “Heaven’s Gate” cult in 1997. They believed that they would be taken an board an alien space ship after the act.

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13.Regina Kay Walters was 14 as she fell into the hands of serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades. Right before he killed her, he took this photo of her.

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14. The energy of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima has etched the shadows of the victims forever in stone.

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15. “The last Jew in Winnyzja” – a member of the “Task Force D”, an SS death squad executes a Jewish man kneeling in front of a mass grain in Winnyzja (Ukraine). The photo was taken in 1941. All of Winnyzja’s 28,000 Jews were murdered.

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16. A Filipino politician witnessed this last moment through his camera’s viewfinder before he is murdered in cold bold. Face to face with murderer and weapon!

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17. A man uses a suicide hotline phone on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. He does NOT jump!

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18. The red car will explode just a few seconds after this picture is taken. The photographer will not survive the bombing.

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Are you also feeling that our normal daily problems, like a missed train or a scratch on your cell phone, quite suddenly seem so minor and infinitesimally small? It is sooo important to sometimes put things into perspective. Please share these touching pictures that will provoke a meaningful reaction in everyone!

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