Stunningly restored color footage of Germany in 1945 right after WWII

It’s hard to imagine what the world was like during World War II. Of course, we’ve read it all in history books and and we’ve seen movies and TV shows showing what life was like, but it’s just far enough back in time and just painful and shocking enough that it’s hard to fully understand how life worked back then.

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And though we’ll never fully understand how we let the events preceding the war and during it happen, here’s a glimpse of life in 1945 in a way we can maybe understand. Restored in 1080p HD and in color, this is footage showing what daily life in Berlin was like in July of 1945 after the war. The detail is incredible.

Produced by Kronos Media and featuring archival material, here’s what we’re seeing:

Pictures from the destroyed city, the Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor, Adlon, Führerbunker, Unter den Linden, rubble women working in the streets, the tram is running again.

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“And though we’ll never fully understand how we let the events preceding the war and during it happen,”

That’s easy enough...nobody liked the Jews prior to the war. When Hitler started “cleaning up” the Jewish neighborhoods, he became very popular all over Europe and in the West. It was only after the atrocities became public that worldwide sympathy began to change. That post war change still came at a glacial pace. My grandfather and great uncle (3rd generation Americans and WWI vets) went to their graves in the 80s hating Jews. My father, who grew up with my grandfather, had nothing to do with Jews. We never talked about it at home, but I definitely got the gist of their feelings at family get-togethers. Italians, with the notable exceptions of Henry Mancini and Frank Sinatra, fell into the same category in my family. Blacks and Mexicans were definitely on the list but the family seemed to have more tolerance. At least we could have civil discussions about them without anyone spewing hate. Still, when my 50-year old sister married a 3rd generation Mexican-American, my mother rearranged her will to delay her inheritance. It all seems stupid and ignorant, but it was their reality.

If you want to try to understand discrimination in today’s context, look at the attempts at tribal extermination in Africa and religious sub cult extermination in the Middle East. Protestant versus Roman Catholic in Ireland. Turks versus Armenians. The Russian culture still discriminates against all the non-Aryan races, creeds, and colors; but they don’t take it to these extremes.