The Iconic Woman Who Hit A Neo-Nazi With Her Handbag

Samuel Reason - June 12th, 2020

On the 13th of April in 1985, a legendary photo was snapped in the small town of Vaxjo in Sweden. This was the photo of a 38-year-old woman who uses her purse to whack a neo-Nazi on the head with her purse while he was marching to support a party called the Nordic Realm Party. The photograph was taken by Hans Runesson, and it went on to become one of his most famous photos. Sure Runesson likes to say that he was simply in the right place at the right time, but Hans Runesson has always been known for having an eye for taking photos of memorable moments in time.

The woman was named Danuta Danielsson and she was originally from Poland, born in 1947. When Danuta saw the neo-Nazi walking it is easy to understand how this frustrated and enraged her. Her mother had been imprisoned during the war in a German concentration camp, it was the camp of Majdanek. This was a terrible camp to end up, built by the SS it was originally built to be a forced labor camp but it was swiftly repurposed as an extermination camp. The camp killed people on an industrial scale and is estimated to have killed 79,000 people during its 34 months of operation. The evidence and infrastructure are all intact because the Soviet Union Red Army Advanced so swiftly to liberate the area that the Nazi forces were unable to destroy the camp in time.

We do not know what happened to Danuta’s mother but we can only assume it was the worse. The photograph is iconic for many reasons, being voted as the Swedish Picture of the Year in 1985 and later was chosen as the Picture of the Century by the magazine Vi. Unfortunately, Danuta died a couple of years after the photo was published by suicide, as she jumped to her death from a water bed. It is unclear if her suicide has to do with the unforgettable trauma of growing up during a time of Nazi occupation in Poland, though it could have been a factor.

In the photo we see Danuta hitting a militant by the name of Seppo Seluska with her handbag. It was later a moment turned into a statue, though the statue is not located in Vaxjo as the local council thought it is still a statue that can be interpreted as promoting violence – even if most of society would justify her actions. Seluska was later arrested and found guilty of the torture and murder of a local Jewish person.

Next Article
  • The Great Mystery Of The Yoyo

    Strangely enough one of the funniest human invention origins is a complete mystery. We’re talking about the yo-yo, the childhood toy that eats up countless hours as you try to master the spins. Of course, the general consensus from historians is that it was probably invented in China. However, the first mention in historical counts...

    Read More
  • Thanksgiving Invented The TV Dinners Industry

    The birth of the massive TV dinner industry, such as microwaveable meals, started as a big mistake. During the 1940s, the most prominent brands creating frozen food was Swanson and Birds Eye. However, at this time it was mostly frozen vegetables or meat, meaning you still had to put the meal together. The concept of...

    Read More
  • The Mystery Disappearance Of NBA Player Bison Dele

    Bison Dele was a professional basketball player during the 1990s who played in one of the Chicago Bulls dream teams. Dele played several seasons for Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Denver Nuggets before several standout performances put him in the sights of the Chicago Bulls. In 1997, he won the NBA Championship with...

    Read More
  • Hong Kong Gangster Asks Tycoon Where He Should Invest The Ransom

    Tycoon Li Ka-Shing, the richest businessman in Asia, revealed how his eldest son was kidnapped for ransom by a Hong Kong gangster. The gangster called Cheung Tze-Keung was notorious during the 90s. He brazenly turned up at their home and kidnapped Li’s son in 1996. At the time Li blamed himself for being a high...

    Read More
  • The Old Soviet Cyberspace Is A Haven For Hackers

    As we know the internet is huge, you can find amazing creations and learn easily, but it's also home to some unsavory characters. One place that is filled with malicious websites and hackers is the ancient .su domain. This is the domain used by the old Soviet Union, and it's not really policed at all...

    Read More
  • Giant British WW1 Stink Bombs

    During the First World War, both sides were shooting terrible flammable and toxic chemicals at each other. It was a time where all forms of warfare were being used, it didn’t matter how terrible the weapon was. Germans would regularly fire deadly Mustard gas at British and French forces. And the Allies started to use...

    Read More
  • From Heavyweight Champion To Irish Mob Boss To New York Senator

    John Morrissey was an Irish-born American who dominated New York politics during the Gilded Age of the Northern United States. This was a period in the late 19th century starting from the 1870s when the country saw rapid economic growth and extreme political corruption. It was one of the periods where Europeans migrated in masses...

    Read More