3 Defeated Berlin In The Summer Of 1945

Defeated Berlin In The Summer Of 1945

Posted on May 10, 2011 by team


Here is a collection of goodies from the Life archive - the shots of Berlin made by an American photographer William Vandivert in May-July of 1945.

These photos of high quality are especially valuable because they carry minimum of propaganda and simply show the state of the city at the time when the rigid order of the Cold War hadn't yet been established, and the borders could be freely crossed by everyone...


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1. A well-known photograph of the Fuerer made on the 20th of April in 1945 where he gives the Iron Crosses to the young boys from the Hitler Youth. This picture was previously a part of the unique photographic collection of Hugo Yager and Henry Hoffmann. The latter was Hitler's official photographer. The picture was taken at the back wall of the Reich Chancellery.

2. Karlshorst. The evening of the 8th of May, Field Marshal Keitel (with a rod), Stumpf of the Luftwaffe, and Admiral Friedeburg come into a hall for signing the surrender document.

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3 Responses to “Defeated Berlin In The Summer Of 1945”

  1. cryllic rat says:

    In July, I would still use wood to cook, and especially boil water. Any water source in that rubble is probably not pure.

    • Epic Poet 2001 says:

      The rod in Field Marshal Keitel’s hand is a field marshall’s baton. It is a symbol of his rank.

  2. Loco Loco says:

    The Berliners collected wood because they knew that the winter of 1945/46 would be a long, cold one.

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