World War II Photos You Won’t Find In Textbooks

World War II was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, involving all of the word’s great powers separated into the Allies and Axis of Evil. To date, it is the deadliest conflict in human history, resulting in the deaths of 70 to 80 million people due to combat, genocide, disease, and the use of atomic weapons. Now, take a more in-depth look into the realities of World War II in these photographs that aren’t as common as those we typically see today.

Money Or Playing Cards?

Kids playing with money
Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images
Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

Between World War I and World War II, Germany’s economy suffered greatly, with one of the biggest issues being hyperinflation. By this point, inflation was so bad that $1 US was worth 4.2 million DM, making paper money had become essentially worthless with people using it to fuel the fires in their hearth rather than use it to buy things.

For example, here are a group of young boys playing with them as though they are nothing more than playing cards. That’s a lot of money to be playing with!