GERMANY: City of Death

The U.S. took over its section of occupied Berlin, death-ridden capital of a dead empire, last week. Along a road marked off by the Red Army, a column of 4,000 U.S. vehicles rolled toward the shattered city. As the Americans crossed into suburban Zehlendorf, a dismal rain fell. Cried some gaunt Berliners : "Gott sei dank — Thank God!" Others stood silent and sullen.

Next day — the Fourth of July — the Americans lined up in the courtyard of Lichterfelde's former SS barracks. Opposite them was ranged a Red Army detachment. Major General Nikolai Baranov, commander of the Russian...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!