Battle of Berlin Lancaster bombers

Battle of Berlin: November 22nd 1943

It was at this very minute (7:50 pm) 77 years ago today – on 22nd November 1943 – that the most devastating Royal Air Force raid carried on out the then-Nazi capital of Berlin began. When a stream of more than 700 bombers flying from the south of England, descended on Berlin.

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989

Was The Fall Of The Berlin Wall An Accident? – Mythbusting Berlin

On a seasonally crisp night in November 1989, one of the most astonishing events of the 20th century occurred. After twenty eight years, three months, and twenty eight days of defining and dividing the German capital, the Berlin Wall ceased to exist – at least in an abstract sense. Although the removal of this symbol of the failure of the East German system would take some time, its purpose – as a border fortification erected to prevent citizens of the German Democractic Republic from entering West Berlin – was abrogated in an instant. How exactly this happened we will be exploring in the latest addition to our Mythbusting Berlin series…

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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Pamphlet

The Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp In The DDR

The liberation of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in April 1945 would finally put an end to nine years of Nazi atrocities commited here – but usher in a further five years of Soviet vengeance; as the site was promptly transformed into an NKVD detention centre. At the behest of the East German government, this ensanguined location would eventually open as a place of remembrance in 1961. Today, the Sachsenhausen site continues is similarly maintained as a memorial – just 35km north of the German capital. A place of education and learning – of coming to terms with the past and overcoming it.

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Berlin War Damage in the Mitte district

Scars Of Battle: War Damage In Berlin

With the flames of war finally extinguished in 1945, millions of people across the European continent were left to sift through the ashes and rebuild what had been destroyed. More so than in previous conflicts, the majority of victims of this – the most lethal war in human history – would be civilians. With more than 60% of those killed classified as non-combatants.

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Construction of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate

Who Built The Berlin Wall? – Mythbusting Berlin

One of the most common questions I have encountered from people curious about Berlin, and often so cryptically phrased. Who built the Berlin Wall? A simple five-word query, yet one that can be read one of two ways. More than thirty years since the ‘Fall of the Wall’, the story of its construction continues to baffle many who are mainly familiar with its existence through knowledge of its importance…

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Inside the German parliament after the Reichstag fire

Who Was Really Responsible For The Reichstag Fire? – Mythbusting Berlin

Various theories have been posited as to who actually set fire to the German parliament in 1933. Was it the opening act in an attempted Communist coup or a calculated false flag operation carried out by elements of the Nazi Party, design to create the conditions necessary for introducing single-party rule? And what part did the young man from Holland, arrested shirtless inside the building the night of the fire, play in this event?

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Nazi bicycle infantry

Did The Nazis Invent The Bicycle Reflector? – Mythbusting Berlin

The fruits of wartime ingenuity are plenty – so many, in-fact, that it has become somewhat of a worn cliche that as the guns start firing the innovators get to work, often solving problems while providing more problems for the enemy to overcome.The kind of progress that results in the production of newer improved, more lethal weapons, such as to increase the chances of victory.

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Explore Berlin in 101 Objects

Explore Berlin In 101 Objects – The 2020 Edition

To explore Berlin today is to immerse yourself in a cityscape still very much defined by the tumultuous events of its not so distant past. When discussing exploration, it is not uncommon to hear the terms ‘sights’ and ‘sites’ used interchangeably. As if to suggest that to experience a city is to exclusively moor your experience to grand landmarks – palaces, churches, museums, monuments, and memorials.

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