Berlin always was a beautiful city built by great people, with an incredible architecture sights. The Berlin always was charming… until the World War II. The Second World War destroyed those aesthetics of an old city, with an extremely rich history. Unfortunately, Berlin will never be the same.
I want to present you a great album of the capital city of Germany (then The Third German Empire / Reich) in the 1937. Pictures are made by the National Geographic reporter Douglas Chandler during the National-Socialist regime. I want to present you one of the greatest city on Earth before it was tortured by the war.
Because of its position on the map, military necessity long ago led Germany to build stone-paved roads radiating in various directions from Berlin.
A movie created by an American company founded by Jews from Germany is presented on the Billboard of the Kulfurstendamm.
The vast dome of Berlin’s Protestant Cathedral.
The biggest department store of the city Warenhaus Karstadt, in Hermann-Platz of th South Berlin.
The Perennial street of parades seen from Brandeburger Tor.
Beyond the colors of Japan, the Netherlands, and Canada stands the massive, Doric-columned Brandenburger Tor.
By far the most conspicuous is Germany’s swastika-emblazoned flag. The Zeughaus (Armory) at right, begun in 1694, is now a military museum and Hall of Fame. It holds Hindenburg’s death mask and busts of famous warriors and statesmen.
Since Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine cities, and others are tied by canal and river traffic, the inland waterway system here much resembles China’s in importance to trade.
Warehouses and factories are clustered along the Spree to take advantage of cheap transportation by water.
Those who go to the beaches may take a shower too.
Potsdam, the „Prussian Versailles”.
A rolling post office.
City crowds and planes at Tempelhof Airport.
A Berlin summer at the city beach.
The artefacts of the previous empire. Built in Strasbourg in 1789 for King Frederick William II, the richly carved, gilded state carriage is preserved now in the Hohenzollern Museum.
Oberbaum Bridge with its towers.
Text by Claudiu C. CREȚU
Photography by National Geographic