Thursday, April 18, 2013

Adenauer returned to Cologne after he negotiated the release of the last 10,000 war prisoners with the russian government, 1956

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The event this famous photo was taken on is part of what's known as "Die Heimkehr der Zehntausend" (The Return of the 10,000), as they were the last German POWs in the Soviet Union to be released. The return of the POWs was part of a Soviet campaign to establish diplomatic relations with Western Germany, which was widely unpopular in the Eastern Block and the Soviet Union itself. In Germany the successful release of the remaining POWs is mostly attributed to the first postwar chancellor Konrad Adenauer, who personally negotiated the whole thing with the Soviet government, resulting in a huge boost in popularity for him and pictures like this one, a thankful mother of a son believed to be in a Soviet prison camp.

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