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World War Two / The capture of Berlin by the Red Army, 16 April to 2 May 1945.

Tanks of the Red Army (JSU–122) enter Berlin.

Photo, April 1945.
WWII / The End. The last Days of Hitler
Kain oder Hitler in der Hoelle
Crossing of the River Spree in Berlin 1945
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1945 - The Battle of Berlin
The Battle of Berlin lasted from 16 April to 2 May 1945. More than 170,000 soldiers lost their lives, 500,000 were wounded and tens of thousands of civilians died in this inferno. The war had already been lost in the spring of 1945 but Hitler commanded that the fight would go on to total destruction, his policy of "scorched earth" having finally reached German soil.

Belief in a "final victory" with the help of the so-called "Volkssturm" as well as miracle weapons such as the V1 and V2 rockets were officially reiterated and the ideological fanaticism of the regime provoked a large number of senseless deaths in these last months. In his final press conference, Joseph Goebbel blamed the German people for their destruction: the German people had failed and they deserved the fate that awaited them.

On 1 May 1945 an even bigger lie was spread. Hitler, who had in fact already killed himself on 30 April, was said to have died a heroic death facing the Red Army. In fact, the Nazi elite had systematically led Germany and its people into their own destruction in the last months of the war.

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