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This unusual book was released as part of the 750 yr celebration of Berlin in 1987. This exhibition was so successful that it was extended for an indefinite period


Professor Reinhard Rürup released this book to accompany the visitor through the excavations.

The thing that struck me are the photos of members of the Third Reich that I have not seen in other publications. Having read widely on this part of history is was a fascinating opportunity to put names to faces.

In addition this book is filled with photos of some of the notorious buildings such as the 'Hausgefangnis" or the Gestapo Prison, Prinz - Albrecht-Strasse 8, the Gestapo Headquarters which was finally demolished in 1956 and more.

Of course much of Berlin was destroyed in allied bombing raids towards the end of the war, however this book details the buildings and shows photos of many of the ruins before they were fully demolished. During subsequent excavations many former tunnels and basements were uncovered that had not been previously documented.

The book is very well put together and there is sufficient historical narration of real interest to satisfy even the casual reader who has not visited Berlin.

The black and white photos are excellent quality but it is the unique photos of the men at the time who have taken their place in history that I found captivating, Heydrich at his Police desk in 1934, Goring and Himmler walking together in 1932, Hitler and Goebbels leaving the Prinz Albrecht Hotel in 1932 and many more photos of the Nazi Elite at the time. The book also has many photos and details of directives issued by the SS and lots of candid photos of uniformed members in public at the time.

I found this a fascinating read and is a definite recommendation to anyone interested in the history of Nazi Germany.

Soft cover, 238 pages, profusely illustrated and in excellent condition.
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