Sunday, February 17, 2013

Soldiers raising the Soviet flag over the Reichstag, Berlin 1945

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This is the version that wasn't edited and released for propaganda purposes in the Soviet Union. The reason it was edited was due to the fact that the two wrist watches implies looting (look closely to the bottom soldier wearing two wrist watches). They did not want to impose that image on their country. The photo is taken during the Battle of Berlin 2 May 1945 by Yevgeny Khaldei. The identities of the men in the picture were often disputed, also that of the photographer (Khaldei), who was only identified after the fall of the Soviet Union. The photograph is full of symbolism and represents a historic moment. Erected in 1894, the Reichstag's architecture was magnificent for its time. The building contributed much to German history and was considered by the Red Army the symbol of their enemy. Soviets finally captured the Reichstag on 2 May 1945.

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