Well, it’s all about mythmaking, isn’t it? I mean every nationality after the war used the war to make myths about themselves. So for the British, for example, this is considered to be … ‘our finest hour.’ In the words of [Winston] Churchill, ‘This was our finest hour.’ We still believe this now. We think that this was when [the] British really showed what they were made of, they stood up against the might of Germany. They stood alone for it, which is kind of funny when you think of all of the empire resources we had, which were also backing us up: the Australians, the Canadians, the Indians.
And [in] America too, this was seen as … the good war. It was unambiguously a good war; you were fighting against this horrible, evil regime. Things seemed nice and clear-cut then. Now all of this is, of course, a big myth. Things weren’t clear-cut. They weren’t clear-cut for the British. They weren’t clear-cut for Americans either. There were all kinds of complications involved. But it’s nice for us; it’s cozy for us to remember it this way, because it makes us feel good about who we are and who we’ve become.
The Ghosts of World War II by Sergey Larenkov
Taking old World War II photos, Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov carefully photoshops them over more recent shots to make the past come alive. Not only do we get to experience places like Berlin, Prague, and Vienna in ways we could have never imagined, more importantly, we are able to appreciate our shared history in a whole new and unbelievably meaningful way.