On this day: the Reichstag in Ruins

Ruins_of_the_Reichstag_in_Berlin,_3_June_1945__BU8573Ruins of the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany. 3rd June 1945. Second World War Two.

This photograph shows the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany in ruins on the 3rd of June, 1945. While the building was not used for the German Parliament during Nazi rule, it was used for propaganda meetings, and for military purposes during the Second World War.

The building suffered heavy damage from Allied bombings, and was considered a prize for the Red Army because of its symbolic significance.

From the collection of the Imperial War Museum.

Twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

I wasn’t all that old, but even I remember the significance of that day.

The first picture is of people standing on the wall in the days before the wall fell.

The second picture is from the day after, the 10th of November. People walk through Checkpoint Charlie.


 Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie, Nacht des Mauerfalls