Select language:

Raising a Flag over the Reichstag photo hero was born 100 years ago

 / Главная / Russkiy Mir Foundation / News / Raising a Flag over the Reichstag photo hero was born 100 years ago

Raising a Flag over the Reichstag photo hero was born 100 years ago


05.10.2020

Photo credit: Meliton Kantaria. Photograph by V. Grebnev. http://goskatalog.ru/

Red Army sergeant, Georgian citizen Meliton Kantaria was born 100 years ago. He symbolize the Soviet Union’s World War 2 victory over the Nazis. Kantaria and his comrade Mikhail Egorov have become famous because they raised the Soviet flag over the battered Reichstag in Berlin on April 30, 1945. The Germans officially capitulated a day earlier.

Born to a peasant family in a small Georgian village, he worked in a kolkhoz starting for 11 years old and in mine until being mobilized in the Red Army in 1940. During World War II, he served in the 756th Rifle Regiment, 150th Rifle Division, of the 3rd Shock Army at the 1st Belorussian Front. After becoming famous during the World War 2,  Kantaria lived and worked in Sukhumi. The secessionist war in Abkhazia started in 1992, and in one year has to Meliton Kantaria move with his family to Moscow, where he died two months later in December 1993 in a Moscow hospital.

Photo credit: Raising a Flag over the Reichstag (Yevgeny Khaldei)

There are several photographs dedicated to that special moment, but the most famous is done by photographer and Soviet Red Army naval officer Yevgeny Khaldei. 

Russkiy Mir

News by subject

Publications

According to a recent study by the Oxford Internet Institute of Oxford University, 750,000 Russian companies sold software to the UK alone in 2018. According to a recent report by the Center for Economic and Business Research, one of the UK's leading economics consultancies, Russia's economic performance has been evaluated as better than the Western one by many indicators. Having reviewed the report, a Japanese expert wrote that the “IT Kingdom" had been formed in Russia.
The second centenary of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s birth will be widely celebrated not only in Russia but also in Germany. The German-Russian Institute of Culture in Dresden has launched the Year of Dostoevsky in Germany project. Dr. Wolfgang Schälike, chairman of the board of the institute, spoke about the events planned and how interest in the writer facilitated bridge-building between our countries.