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“German Russian Museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst

German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
Zwieseler Strasse 4, 10318 Berlin, Germany
+49 (0)30 - 501 508-10
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Ranked #32 of 405 Attractions in Berlin
Type: Museums
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Grafenwohr, Germany
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“German Russian Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

If you enjoy History then this is the place for you. The museum documents the end of WWII and is the exact building where WWII officially came to an end. There are multiple artifacts, documents, and pictures for you to look at and get a real understanding about what happened. The museum does tend to focus more on the Soviet Union, and that is because the museum was established by the Soviet Union. The museum is free for everyone and it wasn't that busy at all. It seems as if no one really knows that it exists. It is about a 20-30 min drive from downtown Berlin.

Visited July 2013
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“Modest looking museum which will change your perception of WW2”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

This museum lies away from main tourist attractions, but I am sure it will give you a lot to think about. The entrance is free. The only effort from your side would be getting to Karlshorst.
This modest looking building preserves enormous amount of documents, photographs and artifacts , showing the war at the Eastern front and life of Soviet citizens during the war. Sacrifices that Soviet people went through were immense. One of the most moving exhibits were the cartoons of one of the prisoners in a camp. One can only imagine, how strong a person should be to keep up with a sense of humor under the circumstances...

Visited January 2012
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

The building is quite ordinary, but having a tank on the front lawn, gives it away as an important museum.

I would agree with the review by Rockee. I was interested to learn about the war on the Eastern Front. So many millions of Russian people, whether soldiers, or more often, just ordinary civilians, were either killed, or starved to death. There is a selection of artefacts on 2 floors, and in the basement of the building. All the displays have descriptions in either German or Russian, though, you can collect a folder with lots of information in English from reception. There were not many people there during the time of my visit, and I would guess it’s not top of many people’s list. However, I’m really glad I made the trip, to piece together some more 20th Century history.
Some memorable things
The fact that Stalin never believed, nor trusted Hitler despite their “non-aggression pact”. Stalin was just waiting for Hitler to make his move, whilst preparing his army!
The cartoon postcards sketched by an English artist, David Low.
In hindsight, how innocent these cartoons appeared to be, just at the outbreak of the 2nd World war.
I liked the card which shows a 'News of the World' newspaper seller with his billboard which read 'War declared' and then, rather amusingly underneath, "(Official)" - just in case anyone should have any doubts about the authenticity of this headline being touted by such a quality paper!

Well worth a visit!

Visited August 2011
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“Fascinating history of the Second World War on the Eastern Front”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

Situated in a leafy residential suburb of Berlin, this rather old fashioned and completely deserted museum gave a fascinating insight to WW2 history on the Eastern Front. This building was where the Germans signed the unconditional surrender of the German armed forces, following the Battle of Berlin, thus ending the war in Europe in April 1945. The many displays chronicle the history of the war from the Soviet perspective, including the massive loss of life on both sides. The actual room where the Armistice was signed has been preserved. Although the museum descriptions are in German, you are given an English guide as you come in. It is free of charge. We took the tube to S Bahn Karlshorst and walked (it's about 15 mins) but caught the bus back to the station afterwards. It put what happened later to Berlin and East Germany under Soviet rule into context.

Visited April 2011
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