Visualizing the Human Cost of World War 2

By sheer death toll, the Second World War was the deadliest conflict in human history, responsible for costing the lives of nearly 60 million people according to some estimates or nearly 3% of the world’s population at the time. In some countries, such as Poland and Russia that bared the brunt of the German offensive, the toll was as high as 1 in 7; entire generations there nearly decimated or scarred for life by the tragic conflict.

World War 2 involved virtually every countries in one way or another, in a intense period of total war lasting 6 years. Some of the most brutal excesses and crimes against humanity were committed during this short but horrific chapter in history. By the war’s end, Europe and East Asia was in ruins and the United States was in the position of unrivaled economical and political superiority. It left a lasting legacy, ending one period of human history characterized by imperialism and European dominance and heralding the era of cold war politics and superpowers.

Recommended Book:  The Story of World War II 

Numbers alone can’t help us imagine the true human cost of World War 2. Deeply engaging and impactful, the Fallen of World War II is a short visualization, narrated and produced by filmmaker Neil Halloran. Breaking down the tragedies, it masterfully illustrates the shocking number of deaths resulting from the war, where they came from and how they come to be.


About Neil Halloran

Neil Halloran is a documentary filmmaker from Philadelphia, combining the art of storytelling with fact-based data visualization to create stunning works of educational content. If you love what he is doing, you can support him through Patreon.  You can also follow updates on his projects through his twitter account.


A. R. Usmani

Historian | Researcher | Likes to live in the past because housing is much cheaper

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