Germans returning after the Battle of Berlin gaze up at the new order of things, Berlin; ca. July 1945
The text says: “Да здравствует победа англо-советско-американского боевого союза над немецко-фашистскими захватчиками”
Translation : “Long live the victory of the Anglo-Soviet-American battle union over the German-Fascist conquerors.”
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The bottom half of the text above Churchill says “..and to ensure that Germany will never again be able to disturb the peace of the world.”
May 29, 2014 at 11:28 pm
To put this into some context for people who might not be aware, Germany was also one of the primary conflict-bringers in World War I, and by this time, everyone was pretty sick of it. Shaming Germany was the main goal here, emphasized by the way they treated the population after the war.
The allied powers did however not make the same mistake of putting huge, crippling sanctions on them after World War 2, as they did in World War I. (Which had a long term effect of hurting Germany’s economy to the point of bringing about the perfect storm for starting WW2.)
Hence the whole “Germany needs to learn their place / shame on Germany” sort of tone. It apparently worked, because Germany nowadays is apparently pretty gung-ho about censoring anything related to the Nazis.
May 29, 2014 at 11:32 pm
Germany may censor swastikas if they have nothing to do with art (except games) or history, but that’s all.
We even have a Hitler version of the Office: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL4CPewSqT4
May 29, 2014 at 11:34 pm
Is it legal for German coin collectors to collect 1930 something-1944 coins with swastikas on them?
May 29, 2014 at 11:37 pm
The German penal code forbids the propagation and public display of Nazi symbols, neither of which a coin collector does.
If those coins were to be presented on an exhibition, this would fall under arts and science, which are exempt from being penalised. Here’s a further read if you’re in interested. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strafgesetzbuch_section_86a
May 29, 2014 at 11:41 pm
It seems almost insulting to have Truman instead of Roosevelt there.
May 30, 2014 at 12:56 am
This photo looks like something right out of 1984, which make since, since I believe this display was created in the Soviet occupied part of the city. Hopefully, Russia, the US, and the UK will stop disturbing the peace of the world someday. The Germans seemed to have learned their lesson, but the other side never did.
April 2, 2015 at 2:54 am