Berlin, 1945

For nearly a month from April to May 1945, Berlin was the site of the last major offensive in the European theatre of World War II. The Battle of Berlin, which was fought between Soviet and Nazi forces, destroyed large portions of the German capital.

The scale of the destruction in the center of Europe is difficult to imagine in the present day, especially now that Berlin is the capital of one of the most stable and prosperous countries in the world. But colorized archival footage from the still devastated city, shot in July 1945, gives a glimpse of what life was like in Berlin not long after the fall of the Third Reich. 

A color video of Berlin from July 1945, just months after Nazi Germany’s defeat in WWII, has been making the rounds online. The footage was originally produced by Kronos Media. 

Berlin from above

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Article was originally posted on Business Insider