Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
More observations in Berlin, pp. 81-82 PDF (472.1 KB)
his Reich for a thousand Nears by btiute force atnda blood l Ten came the end, the final judgment.... . Occasionally a stray traveler ixho gets through the lines from a Russian-held region says that the Russians remove everything humanly possible from buildings, even down to the wash bowls. the bath-tubs, doorknobs, toilets, etc. They strip the factories completely. After having stripped the factories they detonate. and say it is a casualty of war. One hears explosions continually in the outskirts of Berlin. You are told that these explosions are the Russians demolishing factories. One authority reports the Russians stripped a large electric bulb manufacturing plant outside of Berlin of all of its inventory and machinery, then demolished the factories. The city has no electric light bulbs at present. Berlin is truly a "dead city." Clammy atmosphere and stench of death exist everywhere. WXords cannot describe the horrid and pitiful existence of its people. More Observations in Berlin From Potsdam to Harnack House for dinner, stopping to inspect the Press Camp at Zehlendorf. In the camp is an impressive British poster addressed to troops called in Africa "The Desert Rats." The poster read: "If You Do Not Wish To Be A Desert _-1at, Drink The Water In Berlin And Become A Sewer Rat." The Olympic Stadium has been wrecked. In the last days the Nazis tried to take off in their airplanes from the wide boulevard Hitler built from the Brandenburg Gate to the Stadium. Passing a garden close to the Press Camp, we were told that what was grown there last week had already been harvested and that the ground today is planted as a truck garden. The Germans, if possible, do not allow an inch of land to remain idle over night. The Russian officers begin work at 6 p.m. 81
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