A series by Guido Knopp and Ulrich Lenze
This series produced between 1991-1994 tells the story of a famous photo that went around the world in each episode.
They are the “Hot Shots” of this century. Documented images that caused a stir, touched a nerve, documented historical moments or disclosed scandals. The story behind the story: in what context, where and when was the photo taken? What are the persons depicted and/or the photographers doing today?
1 / 1: The girl from Vietnam
A girl badly burned by U.S. Air Force napalm bombs talks.
1 / 2: The red flag over the Reichstag
In May 1945, Red Army soldiers raise the Soviet flag over the Reichstag in Berlin.
1 / 3: The Siegerkuss
Exuberant joy at the V-Day in Times Square, New York 1945: a sailor kissing a nurse.
1 / 4: Decorations for a child
Young Wilhelm Hübner receives the Iron Cross from the hands of Adolf Hitler in March 1945.
1 / 5: The boy from Warsaw
A Jewish boy with raised hands in front of SS guns, ready to be transported to an extermination camp.
1 / 6: The leap to freedom
During the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, NVA soldier Gerhard Schumann dares to jump over the still unsecured border.
1 / 7: In Stalin’s arms 1936
At the height of the Stalin cult, a little girl visits the dictator and is photographed on his arm.
1 / 8: The Twins of Auschwitz
Two girls who survived Josef Mengele’s experiments are photographed shortly after the liberation of the concentration camp.
1 / 9: The execution
During the Vietnam War the Saigon police chief General Nguyen Loan shoots a suspect on the street.
1 / 10: The Miracle of Bern
Fritz Walter recalls the sensational victory of the German football team against Hungary at the World Cup 1954.
2 / 1: Black Power
In 1968, black 200-meter sprinters Tommy Smith and John Carlos protest with raised fists against racism in the United States at the Olympic ceremony.
2 / 2: Crossing frontiers
German troops break through a barrier on the border to Poland: the beginning of World War 2.
2 / 3: Stars over Iwo Jima
After victory over Japan in 1945, American soldiers hoist their flag on Iwo.
2 / 4: The Play Girl
After forcing a British minister to step down in 1963, a naked Christine Keeler is photographed sitting astride a chair.
2 / 5: Back to the Western Wall
During the Six-Day War in 1967, the Israeli army regains power over a part of Jerusalem. The soldier Yitzhak Yifat is one of the first to stand in front of the most holy site for the Jewish people and takes off his helmet.
2 / 6: The man in the moon
Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin is the star of the first portrait shot taken on an alien planet in 1969 by his commander Neil Armstrong.
2/7: The final stroke
In 1945, Marshal Keitel signs the German surrender in a destroyed Berlin.
2 / 8: Grief in Soweto
In 1976, photographer Sam Nzima documents how the police brutally shoot at a protest march of black students: dead Hector Petersen, 13 years old, is carried on the arms of a friend.
2 / 9: The Warsaw Genuflection
During a visit to Poland in 1970, Chancellor Willy Brandt symbolically asks for forgiveness in front of the memorial of the Warsaw ghetto.
2 / 10: The deadly shot
In 1963, bar owner Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald, the presumed assassin of John F. Kennedy, before running cameras at the police station in Dallas.
3 / 1: The Protest 1968
A single bare-breasted man stands up against the Soviet tanks sent to put down the Prague Spring.
3 / 2: Vengeance
After the liberation of France in 1944, women suspected of being German collaborators are led through the streets of Chartres.
3 / 3: The Kiss at the City Hall
Robert Doisneau and his most famous photo: two lovers before the Paris City Hall, 1950.
3 / 4: The moment of death
Robert Capa captures the moment when a Spanish soldier is hit by a bullet during the Civil War.
3 / 5: The Assignment
President of the German Employers’ Association Hanns Martin Schleyer as a prisoner of the RAF in September 1977.
3 / 6: The handshake
Soviet and American soldiers meet on the bridge over the Elbe in Torgau in 1945.
3 / 7: The proof
US spy planes document Soviet missiles based on Cuba with a special camera in 1962. The beginning of a crisis that brings the world to the brink of the Third World War.
3 / 8: The Legendary Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe performs before American soldiers during the Korean War.
3 / 9: Racial hatred
In 1933, a woman and a man in Cuxhaven are denounced for their German-Jewish relationship in public.
3 / 10: The victim
Student Benno Ohnesorg is shot and killed by the police during a demonstration on 2 June 1967 against the Shah’s visit to Berlin: a shot that changed the republic.