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Fred Ramage / Keystone Features via Getty Images, fileThe ruins of the famous Tauenzien Strasse and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin on July 20, 1945, following Hitler's defeat in World War II.

The ruins of the famous Tauenzien Strasse and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin on July 20 1945

Berlin has fallen. German garrison troops surrender to the Soviets. Note the garrison standard lowered to sweep the ground -- the ultimate gesture of defeat.

Berlin has fallen. German troops surrender to the Soviets. Note the garrison standard lowered to sweep the ground; the ultimate gesture of defeat. This will have appalled the arrogant Germanic spirit.

1946-Aufraeumen in der Jaegerstrasse in Mitte.

1946 Berlin - Trümmerfrauen in der Jägerstraße (Bundesarchiv Bild

Trümmerfrauen in Berlin, Sommer 1945. Fotograf unbekannt.

Trümmerfrauen in Berlin, Sommer Fotograf unbekannt.

Berlin 1945 ruins... after the destruction caused by the air raids of the USA and it's allies

Berlin 1945 ruins

The captial of the Third Recih at the close of the war. Berlin during WWII - Allied bombing runs reduced most of it to rubble

Die sogenannten "Trümmerfrauen" arbeiten im Mai 1945 in Berlin an der Beseitigung der Trümmer von im 2. Weltkrieg zerstörten Häusern. (picture-alliance / Ursula Röhnert)

Berlin resident dismantle the ruins of a destroyed building.

Berlin, Brandenburger Tor, 1 Juni 1946 Selbsthilfe.

Berlin, Brandenburger Tor, 1 Juni 1946 Selbsthilfe.

Berlin -. The morning after the British bombing (23./24.8.1943)

August Bomber Command crews are briefed for Berlin

Anlässlich der 22. IAA im Frühjahr 1931. Automobile am Pariser Platz. Berlin, 1931. o.p.

Anlässlich der IAA im Frühjahr Automobile am Pariser Platz. Berlin, o.

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