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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)

Page 81

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."
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.

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