39 Interesting Photographs Showing Life of Berlin During the late 1980s

Between 1961 and 1989, the Berlin Wall divided East and West Germany and prevented the mass defection that took place after World War II. It also acted as a symbolic partition between democracy and Communism during the Cold War period. The wall was erected in the middle of the night, but it was torn downContinue reading “39 Interesting Photographs Showing Life of Berlin During the late 1980s”

14 Vintage Photos Showing the Construction of the Berlin Wall, 1961

Around 2.7 million people left the GDR and East Berlin between 1949 and 1961, causing increasing difficulties for the leadership of the East German communist party, the SED. Around half of this steady stream of refugees were young people under the age of 25. Roughly half a million people crossed the sector borders in BerlinContinue reading “14 Vintage Photos Showing the Construction of the Berlin Wall, 1961”

25 Remarkable Photographs of Life in East Berlin During the 1970s and the 1980s

East Berlin was the de facto capital city of the German Democratic Republic from 1949 to 1990. Formally, it was the Soviet sector of Berlin, established in 1945. The American, British, and French sectors were known as West Berlin. From 13 August 1961 until 9 November 1989, East Berlin was separated from West Berlin byContinue reading “25 Remarkable Photographs of Life in East Berlin During the 1970s and the 1980s”

30 Vintage Postcards Showing Life in West Berlin From Between the 1950s and 1970s

West Berlin (German: Berlin (West) or West-Berlin) was a political enclave which comprised the western part of Berlin during the years of the Cold War. Although not a part of the Federal Republic of Germany, West Berlin aligned itself politically in 1949 and after with it and was directly or indirectly represented in its federalContinue reading “30 Vintage Postcards Showing Life in West Berlin From Between the 1950s and 1970s”

40 Vintage Photos Showing Life in Berlin in the Mid-1960s

Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany by both area and population. Its 3.7 million inhabitants make it the European Union’s most populous city, according to population within city limits. One of Germany’s sixteen constituent states, Berlin is surrounded by the State of Brandenburg and contiguous with Potsdam, Brandenburg’s capital. Berlin’s urban area,Continue reading “40 Vintage Photos Showing Life in Berlin in the Mid-1960s”

22 Amazing Photos Showing Life in Berlin in 1953

Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany by both area and population. Its 3.7 million inhabitants make it the European Union’s most populous city, according to population within city limits. One of Germany’s sixteen constituent states, Berlin is surrounded by the State of Brandenburg and contiguous with Potsdam, Brandenburg’s capital. Berlin’s urban area,Continue reading “22 Amazing Photos Showing Life in Berlin in 1953”

69 Amazing Photos Showing Berlin in the Aftermath of the Great War in the 1920s

After the devastation of the Great War, cultural life blossomed and reached its heyday in Berlin. The city became the third largest municipality in the world. The city was packed with bars, restaurants, dance halls, cabaret theaters offering risque shows, and huge cinemas with full-sized symphony orchestras providing live musical accompaniment to the silent films.Continue reading “69 Amazing Photos Showing Berlin in the Aftermath of the Great War in the 1920s”

As the Allies Approached Berlin, Citizens Did Their Best to Take Care of Berlin Zoo’s Animals

Opened on 1 August 1844, the Zoologischer Garten Berlin was the first zoo in Germany. The aquarium opened in 1913. The first animals were donated by Frederick William IV, King of Prussia, from the menagerie and pheasantry of the Tiergarten. The nearby U-Bahn station was opened the same year. During World War II, the zooContinue reading “As the Allies Approached Berlin, Citizens Did Their Best to Take Care of Berlin Zoo’s Animals”

48 Vintage Photos Showing Life in Berlin in 1946

When Hitler was defeated by the Allies in World War II, he left behind almost no post-war plans. It had been tantamount to treason under the Nazi regime to even mention the possibility of defeat, and by the end, practically every single resource available had been poured into the war effort. What remained after Germany’sContinue reading “48 Vintage Photos Showing Life in Berlin in 1946”

32 Interesting Vintage Photographs Showing the Ruins of Berlin During the Late 1940s

In 1916, photographer Arthur Bondar heard that the family of a Soviet war photographer was selling his negatives. The photographer, Valery Faminsky, had worked for the Soviet Army and kept his negatives from Ukraine and Germany meticulously archived until his death in 2011. Mr. Bondar had seen many books and several exhibits of World WarContinue reading “32 Interesting Vintage Photographs Showing the Ruins of Berlin During the Late 1940s”