A Mental Ward Exposed During World War II several thousand conscientious objectors instead of fighting were assigned by the federal government to work in state mental hospitals.
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A Mental Ward Exposed

Charles Lord
A photo of naked men huddled against a wall in the mental institution.
Charles Lord

During World War II several thousand conscientious objectors instead of fighting were assigned by the federal government to work in state mental hospitals.

Rather than fight in World War II, conscientious objector and Quaker Charlie Lord was sent by the government to work at a mental institution called Philadelphia State Hospital. He secretly took photographs to expose the horrors of the institution. These are his photos.