West Berlin policemen and East German soldiers face each other after a young girl made it across the border, 1955

Try to understand how absurd the situation in this photo is. These grown men literally about to kill each other over a girl who just ran across a white [...]

Conrad Schumann defects to West Berlin

Conrad Schumann was immortalized in this photograph as he leapt across the barricade that would become the Berlin Wall. The photo was called “The Leap [...]

Residents of West Berlin show children to their grandparents who reside on the Eastern side

The building of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 divided families and neighborhoods in what had been the capital of Germany. The Wall represents a uniquely [...]

Berlin at the end of the War

Berlin as the capital and cultural center of the German Reich was bombed very heavily. With over 45,000 tons of bombs in two weeks the city was almost [...]

Hitler’s personal bodyguards undergoing a drill inspection in Berlin

Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler barracks in Berlin, the rifles are Mauser Kar98k. The 1st SS-Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH) was Adolf [...]

German SS troops relaxing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin

Members of Leibstandarte SS “Adolf Hitler”, at this time the regiment size unit acted as Hitler’s personal bodyguard and guard of honor in public [...]

Soldiers raising the Soviet flag over the Reichstag, Berlin

The photograph is full of symbolism and represents a historic moment. Erected in 1894, the Reichstag’s architecture was magnificent for its time. The [...]