In February 1948, the Communist leader Klement Gottwald stepped out on the balcony of a Baroque palace in
to harangue hundreds of thousands of citizens massed in Prague Old Town Square. That was a great turning point in the history of . A fateful moment of the kind that occurs only once or twice in a millennium. Bohemia
Gottwald was flanked by his comrades, with Clemntis standing close to him. It was snowing and cold, and Gottwald was bareheaded. Bursting with solicitude, Clementis took off his fur hat and set it on Gottwald’s head.
The propaganda section made hundreds of thousands of copies of the photograph taken on the balcony where Gottwald, in a fur hat and surrounded by his comrades, spoke to the people. On that balcony the history of Communist Bohemia began. Every child knew that photography from seeing it on posters and in schoolbooks and museums.
Four years later, Clementis was charged with treason and hanged. The propaganda section immediately made him vanish from history and, fo course, from all photographs. Eve r since, Gottwald has been alone on the balcony. Where Clementis stood, there is only the bare palace wall. Nothing remains of Clementis but the fur hat on Gottwald’s head.
Wiki has links to the original photo and the revised (link).