Aerial view of bombed-out buildings and wrecked gasworks in and around the Schoeneberg section of Berlin. Between August 1940 and March 1945, American, RAF, and Soviet bombers launched more than 350 air strikes on Berlin; tens of thousands of civilians were killed, and countless buildings -- apartment buildings, government offices, military installations -- were obliterated. Vandivert, LIFE reported, "found almost every famous building [in Berlin] a shambles.

Aerial view of bombed-out buildings and wrecked gasworks in and around the Schoeneberg section of Berlin. Between August 1940 and March 1945, American, RAF, and Soviet bombers launched more than 350 air strikes on Berlin; tens of thousands of civilians were killed, and countless buildings -- apartment buildings, government offices, military installations -- were obliterated. Vandivert, LIFE reported, "found almost every famous building [in Berlin] a shambles.

Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church, West Berlin, 11 September 1959    The church was bombed in November 1943 and intentionally left as a ruin. A modern church now exists alongside

Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church, West Berlin, 11 September 1959 The church was bombed in November 1943 and intentionally left as a ruin. A modern church now exists alongside

Gendarmenmarkt, East Berlin, 11 September 1959

Berlin Markt, Historische Bilder, Schlangen, Reise, Berlin Berlin, Berlin Deutschland, Ost-deutschland, Kalten Krieges, September

Berlin after the 2nd World War.    (East Berlin, GDR / DDR, 1954)     Photographer: Sem Presser, Holland.

Berlin after the 2nd World War. (East Berlin, GDR / DDR, 1954) Photographer: Sem Presser, Holland.

Gendarmenmarkt, East Berlin, 11 September 1959    The bombed ruin of one of the twin churches in Gendarmenmarkt, East Berlin.

Gendarmenmarkt, Ost-Berlin, den September 1959 bombardierten Ruine eines der Zwillingskirchen in Gendarmenmarkt, Ost-Berlin.

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