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Danger said:That gun looks more like a garden hose; I've never seen a steel barrel droop like that.
turbo-1 said:The Germans weren't the only villains in that war - there is plenty of blame to go around.
Certainly, I do not dispute the authenticity of many of the photos of atrocities of WWII, and thanks to the Germans' fascination with photography, there are many. The production of cameras designed to use re-spooled 35mm motion picture film meant that cameras got portable pretty quickly. This particular image just seems to have been badly duplicated, and the light is somehow "off". I hadn't heard as much about Tomaszewski until I Googled with his first name Jerzy. A true hero of Poland.Borek said:At the same time Wikimedia Commons tells slightly different story, that the picture was intercepted at post office. I have never heard about Tomaszewski working at post office, but on several occasions I have read about Foto-Rys lab, so this version sounds much more probable to me.
Also note, that Russian actions were rather not documented. There are much less pictures taken by Russians. Russian soldiers were much poorer and not as well educated as their German opponents. Germans had a lot of private cameras, Russians had not, which can be attributed both to social and cultural differences and to gov policies.