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Death march

A death march is a forced march of prisoners of war or other captives or deportees in which individuals are left to die along the way. It is distinguished in this way from simple prisoner transport via foot march. Death marches usually feature harsh physical labor and abuse, neglect of prisoner injury and illness, deliberate starvation and dehydration, humiliation and torture, and execution of those unable to keep up the marching pace. The march may end at a prisoner-of-war camp or internment camp, or it may continue until all the prisoners are dead (a form of "execution by labor", as seen in the Armenian genocide among other examples).

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This German woman and her baby are two survivors of the "Lotz Death March" which involved all the ethnic Germans who lived in that Polish city. Their eviction in the middle of winter caused many of them to expire. The two in the photo are among the ten who survived, and reached Berlin, out of a group of 150. Dec 14,1945.

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