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Tuesday 28 April, 2015 Strasbourg, 28.04.2015 - The head of Europe's 47-nation human rights organisation has called on Indonesia not to carry out the execution by firing squad of 9 people which is expected to take place in the coming days. "The death penalty is a terrible injustice which can never be put right," said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. "I urge the Indonesian authorities to refrain from carrying out these ex

Mata Hari was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was executed by a firing squad in France for being a German spy during World War I. Her body, not claimed by any family, was used for medical study. Her head was embalmed and kept in the Museum of Anatomy in Paris, but in 2000, archivists discovered that the head had disappeared.


Hannah Senesh was one of 37 Jews from Palestine who parachuted into Yugoslavia to save the Hungarian Jews who were about to be deported to Auschwitz. She was arrested at the Hungarian border, imprisoned, tortured, and eventually executed by a firing quad. Hannah never revealed the details of her mission. Her poem "Eli, Eli" is a very famous Hebrew song.

UK: Edith Louisa Cavell (1865 – 1915) was a British nurse and patriot. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from all sides without distinction and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I, for which she was arrested. She was subsequently court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. Women we admire; influential women in history #Lottie dolls #herstory


The shocking, black-and-white photograph, taken on the edge of a Serbian village just days after it was invaded by the massed forces of the Austro-Hungarian army in the late summer of 1914, is not the only one of its kind. In this one, a line of Serbian men in civilian clothes are attached to posts: possibly dead already, possibly awaiting execution by firing squad.

from Cultura Colectiva

La fotógrafa del horror y el arte de la guerra

Daily History Picture: Hungarian Execution - Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog. Bardossy, ex Hungarian Prime Minister, executed in 1946 in Budapest. The tides of history… Not dissimilar to many French post war executions.

from Swungover*

The Story of Mata Hari

Mata Hari at the height of her fame as a Parisian exotic dancer.