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Here's amazing color footage of Berlin from just after the Nazis were defeated

For nearly a month from April to May 1945, Berlin was the site of the last major offensive in the European theatre of World War II. The Battle of Berlin, which was fought between Soviet and Nazi forces, destroyed large portions of the German capital.

The scale of the destruction in the center of Europe is difficult to imagine in the present day, especially now that Berlin is the capital of one of the most stable and prosperous countries in the world. But colorized archival footage from the still devastated city, shot in July 1945, gives a glimpse of what life was like in Berlin not long after the fall of the Third Reich.

A color video of Berlin from July 1945, just months after Nazi Germany’s defeat in WWII, has been making the rounds online. The footage was originally produced by Kronos Media.

The capture of Berlin by the Soviets in 1945 led to widespread destruction throughout the city.

Berlin 1945
Berlin 1945

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In the total war that preceded the city's capture, residential and government areas of the city were hit.

Berlin 1945
Berlin 1945

(Screenshot/www.youtube.com)

Symbols of Berlin, such as the Brandenburg Gate, were damaged in the battle.

Berlin 1945
Berlin 1945

(Screenshot/www.youtube.com)

The Reichstag was also thoroughly damaged.

Berlin 1945
Berlin 1945

(Screenshot/www.youtube.com)

The Soviets occupied Berlin immediately after the city fell. Ultimately, Berlin would be divided between a Soviet-allied communist regime and West Germany until 1990, when the country was finally reunified.

Berlin 1945
Berlin 1945

(Screenshot/www.youtube.com)

Still, life continued for Berliners ...

Berlin 1945
Berlin 1945

(Screenshot/www.youtube.com)

Children helped with the reconstruction effort, repaving portions of streets by hand.

Berlin 1945
Berlin 1945

(Screenshot/www.youtube.com)

With the city's water systems badly damaged, citizens formed long lines to transport buckets of water from communal pumps.

Berlin 1945
Berlin 1945

(Screenshot/www.youtube.com)

The scope of the destruction is easier to see from the air.

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