Why 70-year-old Iwo Jima photo became iconic

Story highlights

  • Photos were taken of two flag-raisings on Iwo Jima
  • Ben-Ghiat: One photo became iconic, representing tragedy and triumph of the war

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University and a specialist in 20th century European history. Her latest book is "Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema." The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.

(CNN)Seventy years ago, on Februa