Maybe it’s because it’s children, maybe it’s because it seems like such a straightforward act — but there’s something so moving about seeing these young Ukrainian boys publicly tearing up a portrait of Hitler. After the liberation of the city of Mykolaiv (Nikolaev) by Soviet paratroopers, many took to the streets to show their relief and appreciation. Axis forces had taken the city in August 1941 — and the next month the Germans massacred over 35,000 civilians. The city remained under German occupation for years, before it was finally freed in March 1944. As these children tear up an image of Hitler, we can only imagine the surges of emotion running through them and all of the civilians of Mykolaiv.


Mykolaiv (Nikolaev), Mykolaiv Oblast, Ukraine, Soviet Union.

March 1944. 

Credit: Anti-Worlds