The Germans sign unconditional surrender in Berlin, Germany on May 8, 1945 during World War II, signing a document similar to the one signed at Reims the day before. People gathered outside a German Army Engineering School. Soviet General Georgi Zhukov and British Air Chief Marshal Arthur Tedder at a desk as they represent the Allies. Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel and other officers representing Germany arrive. Keitel puts his signature on the document of unconditional surrender. Zhukov and Tedder also put their signatures as they take over Germany. The two officers shake hands. Allied officers tour the city of Berlin. Damaged buildings in the city due to Allied bombings. The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The heavilly damaged Hotel Adlon. Aerial views of the damage caused due to Allied bombings in Hamburg. Damaged buildings and shipyards in Hamburg.
Documentary titled 'Deutschland Erwache' recounts Germany's wartime experiences. Nazi Swastika emblem is blasted from the top of the Zeppelintribüne at the Nazi party rally grounds in Nuremberg in 1945 by the U.S. Army. Following explosion, the pieces from the destroyed emblem fall from the sky. Montage shows: German Prisoners Of War (POWs) marching; Ratification of the German surrender documents (from surrender two days earlier at Reims) held at Soviet headquarters in Karlshorst, Berlin, Germany on May 9, 1945. German officers present include Colonel-General Hans-Jürgen Stumpff from the Luftwaffe, Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel as Chief of Staff of OKW, and Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg as Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine. They are seen entering room and signing documents. View of Keitel signing the surrender document. Soviet Russian General looking at surrender documents. General Eisenhower, General Montgomery and others shown in brief glimpses. Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill at Yalta. Aerial views of heavily bomb-damaged cities in Germany, including wrecked German cities of Cologne, Nuremberg, Hamburg, and Berlin. View of Brandenburg gate in background and rubble of bombing in foreground as two people carry a stretcher down the street. A wrecked street sign for the Unter Den Linden lies on the ground partially covered in mud. Ground level views of smoking ruined buildings in Berlin and a few German citizens walking on the streets. Views of dead German soldiers on a battlefield. German soldiers helping to carry and tend to wounded and bandaged German soldiers. Large group of German citizens gathered in a public square.
Internees at a concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany. Otto Feuer, a Jewish internee from Hamburg states how he has been in concentration camps for past so many years. He thanks the American Army for liberating them from the concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany on April 11, 1945. Other internees in the background.
Famous tourist destinations and architecture in Hamburg, Germany. The Alster River in Hamburg. A train runs on a bridge over the river. Trees in the background. People row boats in the river. In old Hamburg buildings seen on either side of a stream. View of the Chile Haus (Chile House) in modern Hamburg. People walk outside the modern Hamburg Airport. Flags on either side of the airport. An airship seen. Scenes of St. Pauli and Hamburg's Coney Island during the night. A Hamburg American line steamer seen.
Visitors strolling at the Hagenbeck zoo (Tierpark Hagenbeck) in Stellingen, near Hamburg, Germany. A herd of ponies coming out of a large zoo building, into an open yard. Ostriches mixing in a yard with zebras. Young people enjoying the antics of brown bears and zebras. A man and woman smiling as they watch the animals. A male lion, in his pen, walks toward the camera, as does a rhinoceros (missing a horn) in his pen. A father holds his young daughter up so she can see better. A number of mountain goats are climbing down rocks in their enclosure. A British soldier is amongst the visitors watching the animals. View from behind spectators watching elepants in their large outdoor area. Closeup of elephant's eye. Two elephants in harnesses are seen at work, lifting large iron radiators from rubble at the side of a road in town. They place the radiators on a flat bed trailer. Next, they tow a large steel framework from the rubble. A large group of spectators watches these goings on, and some feed one of the elephants, putting a piece of fruit in its trunk. The keeper directs the elephants to other heavy objects in the rubble, which they pick up and carry with their trunks, placing them on the flat bed trailer. With crowds still watching, the zoo keeper leads leads the elephants as they pull the loaded trailer along the street, while pedestrians watch.
Internees at a concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany. Otto Feuer, a Jewish internee from Hamburg states how he has been in concentration camps for past six years. He thanks the American Army for liberating them from the concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany. He considers himself lucky for having been liberated after so many years of captivity. Other internees in the background.