Episode 107: The German-Russian Museum

Location:

Zwieseler Straße 4, 10318 Berlin

Facts:

  • Former main office of the Soviet Military Administration
  • Where the final German Instrument of Surrender was signed

You’ll need a few hours in this museum. The exhibition is dense and well developed. The historical site might give you goosebumps.

After the Second World War, the German-Russian Museum in Karlshorst was in the Soviet Sector of the divided Berlin and served as the main office of the Soviet Military Administration all the way to 1949. From 1967 to 1994, the place became a museum commemorating the Soviet Armed Forces and their role on the Second World War. It was only in 1995, that the German-Russian Museum was inaugurated as the joint work of both Germans and Russians to show the relationship of both countries between 1917 and 1990.

Besides the exhibition, you should know that two very important events happened in this place. The first event was the signing of the definitive text for the German Instrument of Surrender that ended the Second World War in Europe on May 8th, 1945. Because in Moscow it was already past midnight, the Victory in Europe Day is celebrated on May 9th in Russia.

The second important event that happened in this Karlshorst building was on October 10th, 1949 when General Vasily Chuikov granted legal state authority to the first government of the GDR. Yes, basically the GDR started there.

Curious to know more? You can visit the exhibition from Tuesday to Sunday. Entrance is free.

To listen to the audio version of this episode, click on the link below:

Photo and episode: Roberta Caldas

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