As a demonstration of their ideals, we like to think it failed. If any visitors to the National Parks come away thinking they are great displays of the need for racial purity, they were probably pretty racist before they got there.
The Siege Of Leningrad Was A Cannibal Apocalypse
World War II is an embarrassment of riches for anyone who gets off reading about unrelenting horror. Take the Siege of Leningrad; lots of American kids barely learn about this in school (teachers usually whip right past it in order to get to D-Day) but it killed more than a million fucking people. Slowly.
Boris Kudoyarov For those unfamiliar with 1940s Leningrad, a color photograph of this scene would look exactly the same.
See, the Reich needed Leningrad in order to take Russia, but they decided to go the passive route: They surrounded it, cut off its supply lines, and allowed nature to take its course. They kept this up for two and a half years.
That meant the Nazis' primary weapon was starvation, but you have to really stop and realize what the word "starvation" can mean in a wintery Russian hellhole. What, exactly, does a city of millions eat when their choices are a) minuscule daily bread rations, b) sawdust soup, and c) the aforementioned millions of succulent fellow humans?
Via Daily MailAbove: Russian grocery shopping, circa 1942.
Yeah, you guessed it. What started with eating cats and dogs progressed to families sacrificing their younger children to feed to their older ones. The horror came full circle when parents stopped allowing their children out onto the streets after dark for fear of them being abducted and eaten by roving bands of cannibals, sort of like The Warriors if all the gangs spent less time on decorative themed outfits and more time violently eating screaming toddlers.
Cannibalism became such a fact of everyday life that the Leningrad police department developed an entire anti-cannibal division, and split the crime into two distinct categories: trupoyedstvo, meaning corpse-eating, and lyudoyedstvo, which means eating someone who's still actively trying to get away from you.
Via All-that-is-interesting.comAnd yet somehow this fucking hippopotamus managed to make it through the siege uneaten.
If it makes you feel better, the former was much more common; in one sample month, about 85 percent of arrests were for eating corpses, only 15 percent for hunting The Most Dangerous Game. You can debate among yourselves whether or not the former should have even been illegal, under the circumstances.
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