A Soviet soldier directs traffic after the Fall of Berlin. Behind him is the monument to King Wilhelm I of Prussia, which had escaped extensive damage during the conflict. The monument’s location, Schloßplatz or “Castle Square”, which was also the site of the Berlin City Palace (Berliner Stadtschloss), the winter residence of the Kings of Prussia and the German Emperors, was blown up in 1950 and in 1951 the square was renamed Marx-Engels-Platz. Berlin, Germany. May 1945. Image taken by Oleg Knorring.
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