This photo has been shared online with the claim that it shows a German soldier and a Russien soldier kissing during the joined invasion of Poland in September 1939.
It does not.
To me it was obvious that the photo wasn’t authentic, the uniform details weren’t right for 1939 but the people in the background also didn’t quite fit in.
After a long and difficult search though fora, I found it’s real origin.
The photo was taken in 2007 during a reconstruction of a WW2 battle (re-enactment) near Sevastopol in Ukraine as part of the 62nd anniversary of Victory Day.
Participants from all over the area travelled to that location to bring history back to life for the educational and/or entertainment purposes.
One source claims that the woman in the Soviet uniform and the German soldier are actually married but I can not confirm that.
Either way, I found several photos of this kissing couple, from different angles, in colour and with obvious modern people near them.
The photo is being used in political discussions online so it is (even more) important that people know its background.
If you see the picture shared online with a claim of authenticity, please direct the person posting it to this article.
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.
One thought on “NOT a WW2 photo of future enemies kissing”
I’m really grateful for the hoax busting work you do here. As someone who has to keep fighting (unfortunately regime-created) misinformation in my own country, your site is like a breath of fresh air. Bookmarked. Thanks!