Wednesday, 18 July 2012

raising the flag on the reichstag, 1945

This iconic photograph of a Russian flag being raised over the Reichstag in Berlin was taken by Yevgeny Khaldei on May 2nd 1945.  If you look closely, it may be different from the ones that are normally seen, as the soldier at the bottom had one of his (what look like) two watches airbrushed out, as it was thought it looked as though he could have been looting. There's also controversy over which soldiers were used, and smoke was also added to the picture. War eh? You can't trust the governments, and shouldn't take the word of anyone as 100% accurate. Great photograph though.
Here's the Reichstag now, and in 1945.

toodle pip

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