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Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.

Russians in Berlin,   pp. 76-78 PDF (762.0 KB)

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Visited the kitchens. The entire shelter was ventilated with
an air-conditioning system and must have been quite habitable.
Huss states that the Russians moved Hitler's remains to Mos-
cow. Hitler's dentist, taken to Moscow, identified his dental work.
Hitler's adjutant also went to Moscow to testify. Huss says Hitler
is unmistakably dead but the Russians, in their usual manner,
wish to envelop his demise in mystery; the Russians will surrep-
titiously release a news story that Hitler has been found in Spain
... another story that he has been discovered in Argentina, then
one that he is in Manchuria, Japan, etc. This causes great em-
barrassment, as State Departments write notes of inquiry to
countries mentioned and this engenders bad feelings among vari-
ous nations. Merely another form of Russian chicanery.
We picked up a few things in the Hitler air-raid shelter-just
like any G.I. souvenir collector-things that had no intrinsic
value; letter-heads, combs, keys, etc.
Russians in Berlin
Leaving Hitler's fatal shelter, we motored throughout- the city.
Everywhere we saw complete destruction. The beautiful horses
are shot from the Brandenburg Gate . . . the trees of the Tier-
garten have no leaves, the branches destroyed by shellfire. I saw
50 corpses exhumed in the Tiergarten almost under the Branden-
burg Gate.
There is a black market going in the Tiergarten-from 6,000
to 10,000 people, mostly Russian soldiers, buy watches or any-
thing that one has to sell as I explained in my remarks about
Russian-printed Occupation marks. One of our party sold a $20
wrist watch for $460. He subsequently cashed the $460 in Rus-
sian Occupation marks into American funds. Watched women
selling calico-and Russians buying everything.
I was wearing an expensive wrist watch, worth about $500.

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