Downfall

Friedrichstraße in May 1945
German Prisoners of War stumble through Friedrichstraße to an uncertain destiny - passing by the Swedes destroyed SPW Half-Track - many would not live to see Europe again. According to Rüdiger Overmans of the German Office of Military History 35.8 % who entered Soviet captivity died. Several hundred thousand of these POWs had been transferred by the U.S. to the Soviets which used them, alongside Soviet captured POWs and German civilians, as forced laborers. The last major repatriation of German POW survivors of the forced labor camps occurred in 1956. Image: Soviet photographer Mark Redkin, Berlin in May 1945. Public domain.

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