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These pictures are quite often scanned and rescanned, published and republished, and final version you see lacks a lot of features that were visible on the original. On other forum (http://www.werttrew.fora.pl - in Polish) we spend considerable aomunt of time trying to identify old pictures taken in Warsaw and this is a very frequent problem.That gun looks more like a garden hose; I've never seen a steel barrel droop like that.
I notice additional gun barrels to the left of the picture you supplied. I agree that the compression artifacts make it indeterminate to confirm whether it was faked. As we know such acts of inhumanity were all too common.
That's true, but from what I read this picture was between many others copied in Warsaw in Foto-Rys lab. These were pictures taken by german soldiers and either sent to Warsaw to be developed, or developed in Warsaw when soldiers were taking a leave. Foto-Rys lab was organized by Germans (Polish citizens were not allowed to own cameras) to serve both their propaganda and private needs, but it was infiltrated by Polish resistance (Home Army), whose members copied literally hundreds of those pictures. Pictures were sent to London to help British intelligence, it occured that they also document atrocities. At least some of these pictures survived. And as long as I agree that not every picture showing german war atrocities is genuine, this one seems to be from a reliable source.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.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.