It’s all too easy to think of anything counted in the millions as an abstraction — even if it’s World War II and the topic at hand is the millions of lives lost.
That’s what makes “The Fallen of World War II” a short visualization by filmmaker Neil Halloran so impactful. The 18-minute long video released on Memorial Day breaks down the war’s tragedies with a deeply engaging look at the shocking number of people who died – where they came from – and how they lost their lives.
Half a million Nazis died in the (failed) battle of Stalingrad alone – with another 100,000 taken prisoner. But for the USSR victory came at an even steeper price – as the Soviets lost nearly twice as many soldiers as the Nazis in that battle alone.
In all at least 8.7 million Soviet soldiers died in World War II (Halloran notes that some estimates place the tally as high as 14 million).
That number becomes all the more eye-popping when compared to the losses incurred by other countries.