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9th July 1945: Women in post-war Berlin, East Germany, form a 'chain gang' to pass pails of rubble to a rubble dump, to clear bombed areasimages of post war germany - Google Search

Women in post-war Berlin, East Germany, form a “chain gang” to pass pails of rubble to a rubble dump, to clear bombed areas in the Russian sector of the city. (Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone/Getty Images).

Two girls with a handcart are pausing amid the ruins of the city. July 1945. More than 300 bombardments by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and the United States Army Air Forces took place in the period from June 1940 to the end of the war in 1945. Berlin, Germany.

Two girls with a handcart are pausing amid the ruins of Berlin, July More than 300 bombardments by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and the United States Army Air Forces took place in the period from June 1940 to the end of the war in Berlin, Germany.

An ex-prisoner stands in the corridor of the Hohenschönhausen prison in the former East Berlin, a facility the Stasi kept secret from the Western world.   “It was 1985 and I was 18. I felt at that moment, as though the regime would last my whole life,” he says, “and I did not want to live my life behind a wall”.  "Some people didn’t mind living under the regime. I was not one of those people. They knew that well. They were very good psychologists."  www.fragmentsoftheearth.com

Prison cells of the East German Stasi (secret police). Officially this place never existed.

1986: Former East German border guard Conrad Schumann in front of the famous photo of him defecting to the West on August 15, 1961 aged 19. At that stage of construction, the Berlin Wall was only a low barbed wire fence. Schumann later moved to Bavaria but, suffering from depression, he hanged himself in 1998.

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Former East German border guard Conrad Schumann in front of the famous photo of him defecting to the West on August 1961 aged At that stage of construction, the Berlin Wall was only a low barbed wire fence.

A U.S. convoy, including two ambulance crosses a temporary bridge in the Moselle. Photo taken at the third court offensive in the region of Koblenz, Germany in March 1945.

convoy, including two ambulance crosses a temporary bridge in the Moselle. Photo taken at the third court offensive in the region of Koblenz, Germany in March

The wrecked Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, with a destroyed German military vehicle in the foreground, at the end of World War II.

43 The wrecked Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, with a destroyed German military vehicle in the foreground, at the end of World War II.

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