Magazine

May 5, 2015

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now

In May 1945 Berlin was taken from the Nazis by the Russians.
These photos compare the situation then and now, 70 years later.

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
1

A combination photo shows Russian soldiers in front of the Reichstag building in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 18, 2015. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Handout/Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch (bottom) FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
2

A combination photo shows Russians soldiers standing next to a sign at an entrance of the Neue Reichskanzlei (New Reich Chancellery), the Chancellery of Adolf Hitler at Voss Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (L) and at the same location (R), showing a window of a kindergarden, April 20, 2015. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Handout/Georgiy Samsonov (L), Fabrizio Bensch (R) FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
3

A combination photo shows Russian tanks at Proskauer Street or Frankfurter Allee in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Handout/Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch (bottom) FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
4

A combination photo shows Russian soldiers on top of the Reichstag building in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Handout/Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch (bottom) FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
5

A combination photo shows Russian soldiers next to a cannon at August Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Handout/Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch (bottom) FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
6

A combination photo shows Russian soldiers in front of the Reichstag building in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Handout/Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch (bottom) FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
7

A combination photo shows people walking on Borsig Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Handout/Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch (bottom) FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
8

A combination photo shows a Russian armoured vehicle at Ritter Street or Alexandrinen Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 21, 2015. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch (bottom) FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
9

A combination photo shows a Russian army vehicle next to the Neue Reichskanzlei (New Reich Chancellery), the Chancellery of Adolf Hitler at Voss Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Handout/Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch (bottom) ATTENTION EDITORS - TOP IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. PICTURE 13 OF 14 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "BATTLEGROUND BERLIN - 70 YEARS ON" SEARCH "BENSCH SAMSONOV" FOR ALL IMAGES FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
10

A Russian army vehicle is pictured at Gruenberger Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Georgiy Samsonov/Handout HANDOUT/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
11

Russian soldiers take position in front of a burning building at Frankfurter Allee in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Georgiy Samsonov/Handout HANDOUT/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
12

Russian tanks are pictured at Proskauer Street/Frankfurter Allee in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Georgiy Samsonov/Handout HANDOUT/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
13

Russian soldiers are pictured on top of the Reichstag building in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Georgiy Samsonov/Handout HANDOUT/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
14

Russian soldiers are pictured in front of the Reichstag building in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Georgiy Samsonov/Handout HANDOUT/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
15

Russian soldiers stand next to a cannon at August Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Georgiy Samsonov/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. HANDOUT/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
16

People walk along Borsig Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Georgiy Samsonov/Handout HANDOUT/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
17

A Russian army vehicle is pictured next to the Neue Reichskanzlei (New Reich Chancellery), the Chancellery of Adolf Hitler at Voss Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Georgiy Samsonov/Handout HANDOUT/REUTERS

Berlin 70 Years Ago And Now
18

A Russian armoured vehicle is pictured at the junction between Ritter Street and Alexandrinen Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin. Some 70 years on from the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov, showing his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, choosing to use black and white film to capture images of the self-same locations he detected his way to in modern-day Berlin. REUTERS/MHM/Georgiy Samsonov/Handout HANDOUT/REUTERS

You may also like

  • The adoration of Kim Jong Un

  • The Photos Of 2017 Week 49

  • The California Wildfires are...

  • Santa hits the slopes

  • Photos Of The Year 2017:...

  • The Photos Of 2017 Week 48

Something to say? Use Facebook!

Or say it with Disqus!

comments powered by Disqus