MagazineMay 5, 2015
In May 1945 Berlin was taken from the Nazis by the Russians.
These photos compare the situation then and now, 70 years later.
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