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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin. 1945. When Germany lost.

The Brandenburg Gate was commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II to represent peace.It was made in 1791. When the Nazi rule collapsed in 1945, the Russians entered Berlin. The gate was in a mess. Once a symbol of German pride, in May 1945 it lay battered, just as Germany was then.

The Russians have entered and conquered Berlin. Soviets soldiers click around. The monument watches meekly, tattered and numb. Utter humiliation of Germany.

A not-so-pretty Russian woman takes up traffic duty

Once the pride of Nazi Germany, the place crawls with Russians

To show who won the war

A Russian tank trundles past the Brandenburg Gate.

Brandenburg Gate reflects best the different stages in German history. Glory, defeat and glory again.

The Gate in the glory days of Nazi Germany. Hitler rides.

A Soviet officer gives his men a pep talk. The Brandenburg gate watches mutely and helplessly.

The allies walk together. Zhukov. Montgomery. Americans.

A proud monument in 1933 when Nazism was taking root in Germany.

Broken and battered. May, 1945.


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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin. 1945

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A broken Berlin. 1945. After Germany lost WW2


valda fisher said...

please change the comment about the russian woman directing traffic - her appearance is unimportant

Anonymous said...

I like that they mentioned her lack of good looks. So Shut-up Valda.


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