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Berlin Wall: Then and Now - Berlin Wall at the empty Potsdamer Platz in August, 1962, and (below) a scene of traffic in the same area in September, 2014.

The combo shows the Berlin Wall at the empty Potsdamer Platz - Reichtert/Markus Schreiber/AP Photos

The open strip of the Wall cut right across the city centre and paralysed urban life for almost 40 years.

Berlin - open strip of the Wall cut right across the city centre and paralysed urban life for almost 40 years

Gendarmenmarkt Berlin 1965

German Democratic Republic Bezirk Berlin (Ost-Berlin) East Berlin - 'Gendarmenmarkt' with the cathedrals'Deutscher Dom', 'Franzoesischer Dom'and the theater 'Schauspielhaus'. - about 1965

Albert Speer and Leni Riefenstahl sitting in front of the Olympic bell at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin - 1972

German Minister of Armaments and War Production Albert Speer & Film Director, War Correspondent & Propagandist for the Nazis Leni Riefenstahl sitting by the 1936 Olympic Bell at the Berlin Olympic Stadium in 1972

Berlin: Erste Großsprengung des Gefechtsturms (Flakturms) Humboldthain in Berlin-Wedding, 28. Februar 1948.

First large blast of the battle tower (Flakturms) Humboldthain in Berlin-Wedding, 28 February 1948

Berlin in alten Bildern - Seite 12 - Berlin - Architectura Pro Homine

Berlin in alten Bildern - Page 8 - Berlin - Architectura Pro Homine

desatracado: Chancelaria do III Reich                                                                                                                                                                                 Mais

The Grand Door into Hitler's personal quarters guarded by elite SS Guardsmen inside the Reichs Chancellory. Notice the initials "AH" embroiled upon the golden shield posted above the doorway.

Berlin- (Centro de Berlín) Apoyado con imágenes de la batalla de Berlín de 1945, realizadas entonces por el fotógrafo soviético Georgi Samsonov, su colega Fabrizio Bensch ahora muestra una serie de fotos del antes y el ahora de la capital alemana, informa 'Daily Mail'.

These astonishing photographs compare Berlin in 1945 - when the city was falling to the Soviets as they marched on Adolf Hitler's last line of defence - to the peaceful German capital now.

A bomb crater in front of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, January 1944.

A bomb crater in front of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, January

Berlin 1945 Die Reichskanzlei am 06. Oktober 1944. Allein in dieser Nacht warf die USAAF 810 Tonnen Bomben auf Berlin.

Berlin 1945 Die Reichskanzlei am 06. Oktober 1944. Allein in dieser Nacht warf die USAAF 810 Tonnen Bomben auf Berlin.

vintage everyday: Old Photos of The Destroyed Berlin in 1945

In April as Russian and German troops fought — savagely, street by street — for control of the German capital, it became increasingly .