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Berlin in ruins almost two months after the Battle of Berlin and subsequent German surrender to Allied forces. July 3, 1945.

This must be the best photo summing up Nazi Germany that I've ever seen. It was taken by Richard Peter in an air-raid shelter in 1946. I found the photo while looking for material from his book "Dresden - Eine Kamera klagt an". After the destruction of Dresden, Peter had taken tons of photos of the city, the most famous one being a statue overlooking the ruins of the city. The book was published in the early 1950s in East Germany

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HITLER’S BUNKER AND THE RUINS OF BERLIN: RARE AND UNPUBLISHED PHOTOS- I can't help but realize while there was death and destruction half a world away Americans were building suburbia. The 40's were completely different for the US than it was for Europe.

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Una foto controvertida. Berlín 1945

Berlin 1945

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Rare Color Photographs from the Trenches of World War I

The wreck of a German tank, which was destroyed during a battle on the Western Front.

The Battle of Berlin rages on but this German soldier needs to take a break. Behind him the Reichstag building is in flames but he would care less. April 1945.

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1945: Broken Bridge

April 7, 1945: The Hohenzollern Bridge over the Rhine in Cologne, Germany in ruins at the end of World War II. Margaret Bourke-White / Getty Images