We at WeGoRo are sure that one emotional photo can tell us much more about history than hundreds of endless facts and memorized dates.
Besides, some photos featured here have long been needing debunking, and we are happy to do it for you.
This 16-year-old boy’s name is Hans-Georg Henke. According to several sources, he was captured by the Americans and was crying tears of defeat when this photo was taken. In a post-war interview, he tells a somewhat different story — that he actually met the Russians that day. But maybe he changed his story to cover his tracks.
The company later apologized for its Nazi past.
Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne at the age of 25, due to the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. The coronation took place more than a year later.
Before committing suicide in the bunker in April 1945, Hitler ordered his doctor to give Blondi one cyanide capsule. Later, she was found dead together with her master.
This mine-laying submarine surrendered in 1918 together with the Imperial German Navy. In 1919, it ran aground on the beach at Hastings and became a popular tourist attraction. The town charged a small fee for visitors to climb on the deck and gained a considerable sum of money to help fund a welcome for the town’s soldiers returning from the war.
The SS Normandie was an ocean liner built in France in 1935 as the largest and fastest passenger ship afloat. In 1940, after the Fall of France, the United States seized the Normandie under the right of angary and renamed her USS Lafayette. In 1942, the liner caught fire while being converted to a troopship, capsized onto her port side, and came to rest on the mud of the Hudson River.
This photo usually claims to feature Einstein together with his therapist. However, it’s not a therapist but Cord Meyer, Jr., the president of the United World Federalists, a group that advocated for one world government. According to Life, they were discussing what Russia’s attitude toward world government might be.
This shot is circulating on the internet as "NASA before PowerPoint in 1961," but it was actually taken before NASA was established on July 29, 1958.
A photo by a joker from the 1950s.
This photo is often referred to as a picture from the Japanese island of Miyake-jima, where it’s necessary to use gas masks because of the high levels of sulfur in the air. But since gas masks were only made mandatory there after the 2000 eruptions, it’s obvious that this photo was taken somewhere else. It may even have been during WWI, judging by the old design of the gas masks.
If you know what kind of gas masks these are, please share your ideas in the comments.
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