Dramatic Color Footage Shows a Bombed-Out Berlin a Month After Germany’s WWII Defeat (1945)

From Kro­nos Media comes a pret­ty astound­ing mon­tage of video show­ing Berlin in July 1945 — just two months after the Nazis lost The Bat­tle of Berlin and Hitler com­mit­ted sui­cide, and a month after the allies signed the Dec­la­ra­tion Regard­ing the Defeat of Ger­many and the Assump­tion of Supreme Author­i­ty by Allied Pow­ers

The 70-year old footage shows a city in sham­bles. You see the wound­ed, and build­ings reduced to piles of rub­ble. The Reich­stag makes an appear­ance, as does the worn-out Bran­den­burg Gate, through which res­i­dents passed from British-con­trolled Berlin to Sovi­et-con­trolled Berlin. And most­ly you see every­day peo­ple try­ing to get on with their lives. Most chill­ing is the final scene, where an aer­i­al shot car­ries you over miles and miles of des­o­la­tion. To see Berlin dur­ing an ear­li­er, cer­tain­ly hap­pi­er time, vis­it our 2013 post: Berlin Street Scenes Beau­ti­ful­ly Caught on Film Between 1900 and 1914.

via Devour

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  • Mary cox says:

    Lived in Ger­many and vis­it­ed Berlin

  • Rich Rostrom says:

    It’s a bit sur­pris­ing. The streets are full of peo­ple who seem to be going some­where to do some­thing. What, I won­der?

    There are no beg­gars. Near­ly every one who is shown close-up is dressed neat­ly and clean­ly; some are quite nat­ty.

    The dis­placed fam­i­lies with their belong­ings on hand­carts are piti­ful; but they are rel­a­tive­ly few.

    There are sev­er­al women with baby car­riages, and a cheer­ful blonde lit­tle girl.

    Over­all, this shows a lot of human resilience.

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