Soviet Soldiers Raising the Flag of Victory Over the Reichstag in Berlin, May 2, 1945
One of the most iconic photographs of World War II is the shot of Russian soldiers raising a flag atop Berlin’s famed Reichstag building, as seen in this colorized photograph from May 2, 1945. The image was snapped by photographer Yevgeny Khaldei and was soon published around the world as a symbol of Russia’s defeat over Nazi Germany.
The image, which captured a pivotal moment in the war, has become firmly cemented in the history of World War II, but there is just one problem – the photo was both staged and edited. Here is the truth behind the memorable photograph of the Soviet flag being raised over the Reichstag.