The Dervish Incident

A ceramic whirling dervish crashed into a stone wall during the evacuation of Drosnevia in 1942, resulting in the destruction of the dervish and the wall. The black and white photograph of the carnage ended up distributed by the Associated Press to the foreign desk and its consequent publication on the front pages of newspapers across Europe and South America marks it as one of the most iconic images from that period of time. Only with recent digital forensics has the original photograph been revealed as a fake, yet the image remains imprinted on the minds of several generations as indicative of the potential threat of totalitarian dictatorships.

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