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The Cellar and the Bunker

  • Jennifer V. Evans
Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Abstract

Returning to his quarters in the Hotel am Zoo in the once classy district of Charlottenburg shortly after the war had ended, an officer in Montgomery’s staff looked down from his balcony at the broken landscape. Everywhere Wilfred Byford-Jones cast his gaze, he saw heaps of rubble, “elms and firs blasted and shattered” and streets littered with war wreckage. At the spot where the Kurfürstendamm met the Tauentzienstrasse, where as late as 1944 Berliners breathed in what little frivolity remained in the struggling nightspots of the West End, the “broken ribs” of the Memorial Church spiked ominously out of the grey dirt, a reminder of the end of an era2 (Figure 1.1). In surveying the rubblescape, he seemed to crib from Siegfried Kracauer’s essay on the view of the city through a window (“Aus dem Fenster gesehen”), except that instead of the hustle and bustle of a busy Charlottenburg intersection, Byford-Jones was confronted with what little remained of this once great city. Drawing on a familiar lexicon of martial imagery from Europe’s last great war, he described the desperate march of the city’s “troglodytes (who) crept [sic] over piles of rubble or burrowed their way into cellars.”

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Train Station Postwar Period Civil Defense Street Youth Photo Credit 
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