The battle of Berlin ended 70 years ago Saturday with the unconditional surrender of the Nazi garrison in the Reichstag to the Red Army.
Today, Chronos Media, the largest independent film archive in Germany, released this video of life in the city just two months later.
“This film contains color footage of Berlin and Potsdam shot shortly after the end of the war: aerial views of the completely destroyed capital, bombed and collapsed houses, only the facades are left, rubble women who carry away the debris and start to rebuild even before the return of their husbands from war, etc.,” the release said.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
NewsCut is a blog featuring observations about the news. It provides a forum for an online discussion and debate about events that might not typically make the front page. NewsCut posts are not news stories.