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After Berlin was practically destroyed in 1945, it had to be cleaned up. Most of the work was done by the women. It was a difficult job, chipping all the mortar off the bricks by hand so they could be used again. There is a name for women in Germany who cleaned up after the bombing: Trummer Frauen, translated as “Rubblewomen.” To read an eyewitness account, click here: www.elinorflorence.com/blog/berlin-bombing.
Berlin bombed for the first time. The damage to Berlin was not great but the demonstration that RAF bombers could hit Berlin proved the Nazi regime's boasts to be false. In turn Hitler ordered retaliation against London, a decision that was to have a significant impact on the course of the air war over Britain.1940
During wartime in Berlin, every apartment building had reinforced bomb shelters in the cellar. The buildings were connected by tunnels, so that if your building was hit, you had a chance of escaping to the next building. But there were always people who refused to go to the shelters, or couldn’t make it in time. Those were the people who died. For more: www.elinorflorence.com/blog/berlin-bombing.