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After the Fall of the Third Reich (19 photos)

Photos of Hitler’s bunker and the ruins of Berlin.

Oberwallstrasse, in central Berlin, saw some of the most vicious fighting between German and Soviet troops in the spring of 1945.
Hitler’s bunker, partially burned by retreating German troops and stripped of valuables by invading Russians.
A 16th century painting reportedly stolen from a Milan museum.
With only candles to light their way, war correspondents examine a couch stained with blood (see dark patch on the arm of the sofa) located inside Hitler’s bunker.
Abandoned furniture and debris inside Adolf Hitler’s bunker, Berlin, 1945.
Papers (mostly news reports dated April 19, the day before Hitler and Eva Bruan killed themselves) inside Hitler’s bunker, Berlin, 1945.
A Russian soldier stands in Adolf Hitler’s bunker, Berlin, 1945.
Desk inside Adolf Hitler’s bunker, Berlin, 1945.
An SS officer’s cap, with the infamous death’s-head skull emblem barely visible.
A ruined, empty and likely looted safe inside Hitler’s bunker.
Journalist Percy Knauth, left, sifts through debris in the shallow trench in the garden of the Reich Chancellery where, Knauth was told, the bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun were burned after their suicides.
In the garden of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945.
Bullet-riddled sentry pillbox outside Hitler’s bunker, Berlin, 1945.
An unidentified hand on the destroyed hinge of the door to Hitler’s bunker, burned off by advancing Russian combat engineers, Berlin, 1945.
Empty empty gasoline cans, reportedly used by SS troops to burn the bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun after their suicides in the bunker, Berlin, 1945.
Russian soldiers and a civilian struggle to move a large bronze Nazi Party eagle that once loomed over a doorway of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945.
An American soldier, PFC Douglas Page, offers a mocking Nazi salute inside the bombed-out ruins of the Berliner Sportspalast, or Sport Palace. The venue, destroyed during an Allied bombing raid in January 1944, was where the Third Reich often held political rallies.
At the Reichstag, evidence of a practice common throughout the centuries: soldiers scrawling graffiti to honor fallen comrades, insult the vanquished or simply announce, I was here. I survived. Berlin, 1945.

An image almost too perfectly symbolic of Berlin in 1945: A crushed globe and a bust of Hitler amid rubble outside the ruined Reich Chancellery.

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