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10 Amazing Images From A 1/6th Scale WWII Era Town

As incredible as the photos are, the story behind them is even that much more so.

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Although the documentary was released in 2010, and has received rave critical reception (with a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes), Marwencol deserves more than passing notice.

Recently, the heartbreaking story of Evie, the transgender Indonesian woman who looked after a young Barack Obama emerged. Her story details a life of physical and verbal abuse due to who she is. It is a truly distressing portrait, and highlights a marginalized and oft ridiculed sexual identity.

The thing is, this contempt and ridicule is not isolated to Indonesia - not even close. It also holds firm roots in the United States.

Mark Hogancamp, while perhaps not technically transgender, was beaten nearly to death on April 8, 2000 by a group of five men, after admitting at a bar that he enjoyed wearing women's clothing. He was left in a coma and suffered irreversible brain trauma, losing a large portion of his memory.

Marwencol, a fictional WWII era town that he built in his back yard at a one-sixth scale, is the therapy he turned to, and the results as well as his story are something that deserve notice.

These are just a few images from his website, which he continues to update to this day. Each comes with a fragment of story that Mark has written, which will be provided beneath the image in quotes.

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"My inspiration for this photo was the 'Christmas Truce' between the British and the Germans during WWI. They shared food and drink and played soccer on the battlefield instead of killing each other."

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