The Red Flag over the Reichstag

Germany Soviet Photographer

In this May 2, 1945 file photo, Soviet soldiers hoist the red flag over the Reichstag in Berlin. It’s the lead-up to one of the iconic images of World War II. However, the photograph isn’t capturing the historical moment: Yevgeni Khaldei staged the scene on May 2, 1945 — three days after the Soviets had captured the key seat of Nazi power.

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