SAIGON, South Vietnam—A woman injured by helicopter fire. U.S. policy in Vietnam was based on the premise that peasants driven into the towns and cities by the carpet-bombing of the countryside would be safe. This "reconstructing" of society suffered a setback when, in 1968, death rained down on the urban enclaves.
As the US military fights to gain stability in Iraq, doctors, nurses, and medics are working on the front lines to keep the casualties down. Thomas Dworzak was embedded with the 44th, 50th and 115th Medical Companies in Iraq.
Leaving the Ivory Tower
by Werner Bischof
Joining Magnum in 1949 and persuing stories concerning the human condition around the world, Werner Bischof was an important early defender of humanistic photojournalism.
First published in 1971, Vietnam Inc. by Philip Jones Griffiths was instrumental in changing public opinion in the United States about the Vietnam War. The book is the result of three years’ work and is one of the most detailed accounts of any conflict. Griffiths shows the sheer horror of the war as well as rural life in Vietnam, unveiling an argument against the caustic modern war machine and U.S. imperialism. This week marks the anniversary of the “end” of the Vietnam War, with the signing of the Paris Accords in 1973.
This week in 1945, Soviet troops liberated Germany’s largest and most notorious concentration camp and extermination camp at Auschwitz, Poland, where Hitler’s regime transported between 1 million and 1.5 million Jews, Gypsies, and Poles to their deaths and/or enslavement between 1940 and 1945. In this week’s Zoom In, Magnum and Slate remember Auschwitz.