Friday, November 30, 2012

Color Photographs of Berlin in Summer of 1945, after Bombing in World War II

Berlin, the capital of Nazi Germany, was subject to 363 air raids during the Second World War. It was bombed by the RAF Bomber Command between 1940 and 1945, and by the USAAF Eighth Air Force between 1943 and 1945, as part of the Allied campaign of strategic bombing of Germany. It was also attacked by aircraft of the Red Air Force, especially in 1945 as Soviet forces closed on the city.

A number of monuments, such as French Luisenstadt Church, St. James Church, Jerusalem's Church, Luisenstadt Church, St. Michael's Church, St. Simeon Church, and the Protestant Consistory (today's entrance of Jewish Museum Berlin) as well as government and Nazi Party buildings were also hit, including the Reich Chancellery, the Party Chancellery, the Gestapo headquarters, and the People's Court.

Here are color photographs of Berlin in summer of 1945.


  1. when I see those pictures I can barely understand how it was possible my both grandmas survived in Berlin these days...

  2. At the same time color photography reduces the splendor and melodramatic affect afforded by the contrast of black and white photography, it makes the situation that much more tragic, and therefore difficult to digest.