Saturday, November 2, 2019

The German-Russian Museum, Berlin

The German-Russian Museum is in Karlshorst, Berlin.  The museum is located at the site where German armed forces unconditionally surrendered on 8 May 1945 which ended WWII in Europe.

The building was the German military's engineering training facility.  After the surrender, it was the used from 1945 to 1949 as the headquarters of the Soviet Military Administration in Germany.

In 1967, on the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution, it became the Museum of the Soviet Armed Forces in Germany.  In 1986 it was renamed the Museum of the Unconditional Surrender of Fascist Germany in the Great Patriotic War.  When it first opened it could only be visited by the Soviet soldiers who were stationed in East Germany.  Later it was opened to the general public.  The museum lasted until 1994 when the final Russian soldiers left a reunified Germany.

In 1995, on the 50th anniversary of the end of WW2 in Europe, it opened as the German-Russian Museum which is a bi-national institution supported by both Germany and Russia.  

Entrance to the museum is free and over 40.000 people visit each year.  The collection is interesting.  

The highlight is the surrender room where the Act of Surrender was signed in 1945.

There's a Soviet T34 tank on a pedestal outside.

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