"I am reminded," said a radio commentator in Russian-controlled Berlin "of the lines of the famous poem Die Glocke by Schiller: "Und neues Leben blüht aus den Ruinen" ("And from the ruins new life blossoms").
The commentator was describing Berlin's new municipal council, meeting for the first time in a partly restored hall.
The council included a prewar conservative for Lord Mayor, a Catholic Centrist for Food Minister, a Social Democrat as communications director, two Communist members of the pre-Hitler Reichstag, several other leftists.
Berliners had symphony concerts, variety shows. The Berlin radio announced a football game between a German team and a...