US Embassy Employee and Photographer Banned From USSR in 1954 Kept Photos Hidden Until Now

After World War II, the USSR became a completely different country. They came out of the war as one of the biggest military powers in the world. They weren’t done yet, as they began to invade Eastern European countries and some islands of Japan. They were also recovering from the 20 million citizens that they lost in the war. The living citizens suffered through droughts, famine, and typhus epidemics.

American photographer Martin Manhoff entered the USSR in 1952. He secretly began to take photos of the way of live postwar without the government knowing. He was even there at Stalin’s funeral in 1953. Once the government found out about his ‘spying’, they banned him from the country. For 60 years, Manhoff kept the photos hidden in a cupboard. After he passed away, the photos were discovered by historian Douglas Smith and made public.

Moscow at Night

Manhoff was able to get an amazing view of the brand new Moscow State University. It looks more like a magical castle than a university!

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