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  • The Flag on the Reichstag
    type: anniversary

    One of the most famous pictures of the Second World War was taken on 2 May 1945, when Red Army photographer Yevgeni Khaldei (1917-1997) captured the image of a Red Army soldier raising the flag on the Reichstag in the last days of the Battle for Berlin.

    Less well known is that the original picture was manipulated by the Soviet authorities to cover up any signs of plundering in Berlin. This was done because the soldier standing next to the person holding the flag was having a second watch on his wrist- at a time when watches were a rare and unaffordable commodity for Soviet people. Thus, the original photograph actually symbolizes an extra historical narrative.  

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