41 most shocking photos you’ll ever see

The most meaningful photographs in our history: 41 moving images that are a must-see in your life!

A picture is worth a thousand words, but not all images carry the same weight. The photos we usually present on Generation Voyage may be cute, beautiful, funny or enchanting, but these images are powerful. They’re compelling and unforgettable because they speak volumes about the human condition and some of the best and worst moments of contemporary human existence.

As you will come to understand, most of these photos depict parts of our recent history, our suffering and our triumphs, our perseverance and our failures, our compassion and our hatred, our intelligence and our stupidity

Some of these photos will mean more to you than to others, but we hope they will remind everyone that the world still needs a little more love, tolerance, compassion and understanding.

Dear readers, some of these images may upset or even shock you, while others will fill you with joy and hope.

1. An exhausted surgeon after a successful 23-hour heart transplant. His assistant sleeps in the corner. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

2. Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

3. An alcoholic father with his son angrily trying to raise him. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

4. Father and son (1949 vs 2009) Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

5. Diego Frazão Torquato, a 12-year-old Brazilian boy, plays the violin in tears at his teacher’s funeral. His teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through music. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

6. A Russian soldier playing on an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

7. A young man has just learned that his brother has been killed Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

8. Christians protect Muslims during prayer amid the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

9. A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia, in 2009. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

10. A Sudanese girl dying of hunger spied by a vulture Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

11. A soldier is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

12. Homeless Indians waiting to receive free food distributed outside a mosque before Eid al-Fitr in New Delhi, India. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

13. The funeral of Zanjeer, the dog who saved thousands of lives during the 1993 explosions in Mumbai, India. He discovered over 3329 kg of explosives, 600 detonators, 249 grenades and 6406 live bullets. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

14. « The Falling Man. A man falling from the World Trade Center after the planes hit the two New York towers on September 11, 2001. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

15. A starving boy gives his hand to a missionary Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

16. A couple kissing in the rubble of a collapsed factory Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

17. Sunset on Mars Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

18. A little gypsy boy smoking a cigarette on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the Saint Jacques district of Perpignan, France. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

19. Hhaing Le Yu, 29, holds her face in her hand as rain continues to fall on the decimated remains of her home near the Burmese capital of Yangon (Rangoon). In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis struck southern Burma, leaving millions homeless and claiming over 100,000 lives. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

20. A dog named « Leao » sits for the second day in a row on the grave of his master, who died in the catastrophic landslides near Rio de Janeiro in 2011 Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

21. Claude P. Dettloff’s « Wait For Me Daddy » photo, New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940 Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

22. A Russian veteran of the Second World War has finally found the tank in which he spent the entire war, displayed in a small Russian town as a monument. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

23. A demonstrator putting flowers in the barrel of law enforcement weapons. This photo dates from October 21, 1967, during the Pentagon Protest march. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

24. A woman sits amid the debris caused by a violent earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Natori, northern Japan, in March 2011. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

25. The graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Netherlands, 1888 Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

26. Greg Cook kisses his dog Coco after finding him inside his tornado-destroyed home in Alabama in March 2012 Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

27. Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

28. During heavy flooding in the town of Cuttack, India, in 2011, a heroic villager saved many stray cats by carrying them with a basket balanced on his head Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

29. An Afghan offers tea to American soldiers Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

30. Parents, probably over 70 today, still searching for their missing child Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

31. An Irish teenager yells at British soldiers during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

32. A Mursi tribeswoman discovers Vogue magazine in Ethiopia. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

33. A black child with a punk, obviously in France Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

34. Sisters posing for the same photo in different years… Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

35. A monk prays for an elderly man who died suddenly while waiting for a train in Taiyuan, China. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

36. On October 16, 1968, at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, a controversy erupted at the end of the men’s 200-meter final. American runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who came first and third in the 200 meters, protested against racial segregation in the United States by bowing their heads and pointing their black-gloved fists skywards during the American anthem on the medal podium. They were subsequently banned from the Olympic Games for life. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

37. A North Korean waves his hand while a South Korean cries on the quay following a meeting at the temporary family reunions organized between the two countries on Mount Kumgang on October 31, 2010. 466 South Koreans were allowed to spend 3 days in North Korea to see their 97 North Korean relatives, from whom they have been separated since the 1950-1953 war. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

38. A mother consoles her son in Concord, Alabama, near his home that was completely destroyed by a tornado in April 2011. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

39. Prisoner of war Horace Greasley stares down Heinrich Himmler during an inspection of the camp where he was confined. Greasley is also famous for having escaped from the camp and returned more than 200 times to secretly meet a local German girl with whom he had fallen in love. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

40. Robert Peraza stops where his son’s name is inscribed on the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies at the World Trade Center site. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

41. The agony of Omayra Sánchez, trapped in the remains of her house after the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in 1985. Photos bouleversantes et lourdes de sens de notre histoire

How do these photos inspire you? Feel free to comment and share!

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