This photo has been shared online with the claim that is a genuine WW2 era photo of a German soldier and his girl saying goodbye at the station, one last kiss before they part, perhaps for ever.
It’s a modern photo.
As an expert on daily life in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s but also as someone who takes part in WW2 themed Living History displays at museums and such, I could immediately see that this photo was not from that era.
The clothes, the hair, it just didn’t look right.
Eventually I managed to track down the photographer and had my suspicions confirmed.
The photo was taken by Giò Tarantini ( website ) in 2013 at a WW2 re-enactment event in Bardolino, a municipality in the Province of Verona, Italy.
You can see his gallery of the event on Facebook by clicking here.
If you want to share WW2 photos of dramatic last kisses and embraces, look for real ones.
There are plenty to choose from and it is important that we share the real historical images.
If you want to share a modern reconstruction, at least make sure that you mention that that’s what it is.
And when you share a photo, don’t remove the photographers name!
Picture(s) found online, used for (re-)educational purposes only.
I do not own the copyrights to this picture, I only share it here for educational purposes to try and make sure the real story behind it becomes known and people will stop spreading false information.
If the copyright owner objects to the sharing here, kindly contact me and I shall remove it right away.