Day 7 - War and Strange Children's Jobs

  1. turn-the-music-louder
    Polish Catholic midwife Stanisława Leszczyńska delivered 3,000 babies at the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust in occupied Poland.

    In World War II, British soldiers got a ration of three sheets of toilet paper a day. Americans got 22.

    Only 20% of the males born in the Soviet Union in 1923 survived the war.

    To avoid using the German sounding name ‘hamburger’ during World War II, Americans used the name ‘Liberty Steak.’

    Adolph Hitler and Henry Ford each kept a framed picture of the other on his desk.

    The first bomb dropped on Berlin by the Allies killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

    More then 42.1 deaths of the American Civil war were from unknown causes.

    While it was common practice for Patriots to tar and feather Loyalists, the Daughters of Liberty had a less painful alternative: They used molasses and flowers instead.


    The Boston silversmith was actually accompanied by as many as 40 other men on his midnight ride to sound the alarm that the British were coming. But two years later, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, the daughter of a colonel, rode 40 miles on her own from 9 p.m. to dawn to alert New York militia members that the Brits were burning down Danbury, Connecticut.

    Gong-scourer’s Boy. Gong-scourers weren’t responsible for polishing percussion instruments; they were hired to clean the private sewers of the wealthy. Their apprentices had to crawl down into the narrowest parts of these cesspits and scoop out the stinking sludge.

    Hurriers were children who worked in pairs to move carts of coal through deep, narrow tunnels. Using a chain attached to his belt, one child would crawl up the tunnel, pulling the cart, while another followed, pushing it from behind. These children worked in dark and wet conditions, spending all day in sopping-wet clothing.

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  1. fleur du mal
    'Liberty steak,' haha. Kind of reminds me of when people started calling french fries 'freedom fries.'
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