A testimony of the final battle, of death, destruction and hopelessness-but also about life resurrecting between rubble and ruins. These photos depict a grotesque normalcy, beyond the well known iconography of heroic liberations and optimistic rebuilding. -Der Spiegel Online A touching and breathtaking selection of images from the immediate postwar era. At times eerie and at times prosaic, the photographs, many taken by victorious Soviet Red Army soldiers, show ordinary people doing extraordinary things in order to rebuild their lives, literally and figuratively, amid the ruins of a defeated city. Berlin 1945 is a historical archive that acts as a window on the aftermath of total war.