During the war, the Soviets did everything they could to further demonize their opponent. This included elaborate photo manipulation, something the Soviets were well known for doing.
A horrible picture like this…
…might not be so horrible after all. Rather friendly, in fact.
Here you see the Waffen SS about to hang a Soviet civilian.
In reality, it’s Walter Cruger being awarded the Knight’s Cross.
One of the more well-known manipulations.
Turns out it’s not so bad after all.
Notice how the skyline seems to repeat itself at one point.
Turns out it was obstructed by a German soldier looking at a Soviet machine gun.
At the concentration camp, Soviet version.
German soldiers laughing after hanging a Soviet nurse.
You can still see the guy’s coat peeking out in the previous picture. And that post makes a great rope.