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Watch This Color Footage Of Berlin Immediately After World War II

The color video captures a slice of life in the German capital just two months after the fall of the Nazis.

Posted on May 5, 2015, at 3:02 p.m. ET

Seventy years ago this Friday, the Allies celebrated "V-E Day" — victory in Europe over the Nazis and the rest of the Axis powers.

New Yorkers on V-E Day
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New Yorkers on V-E Day

Ahead of the anniversary, German historical film company Chronos Media published on its YouTube channel a compilation of life in Germany just two months after the fall of Adolf Hitler.

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Much of the early section of the video is devoted to showing Germans going about their lives after the war's end, doing what they can amid the destruction.

Chronos Media

And though the video can be jarring when you realize that all of the sound effects were added in later, it's a pretty good slice of life.

Chronos Media

Quick history lesson: After the German surrender, the city was divided into four sectors — American, French, British, and Russian. (That would come into play during the Cold War, but let's not skip ahead.)

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It was apparently pretty easy to tell when you'd entered the Russian sector.

Chronos Media

The most haunting part comes six minutes in, as the ruins of a building are shown with the words of Nazi information minister Joseph Goebbels delivering his famous "Total War" speech ringing out.

Chronos Media

"I ask you: Do you want total war? If necessary, do you want a war more total and radical than anything that we can even yet imagine?" Goebbels can be heard asking to cheers and applause. The next shot is the remnants of Berlin.

Chronos Media

And the destruction just keeps on going, in a somber final tracking shot, a reminder of the cost that the war carried for so many.

Chronos Media

You can watch the entire seven-minute video here.

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