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Review of German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst

German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Very informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2014

This museum is about the Russians at the second World War
Big hall where the surrender of Berlin was signed and differend rooms where clearly showcases explain the horror
Outside different Russian tanks and atillery

Visited August 2014
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“A balanced View Of German - Russian relations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2014

Easy to get too by public transport , from the station its about a 20 minute walk , I got the bus there & walked back to the centre . It was here that Keitel surrendered unconditionally to the Russians on the 8th May 1945 , although Germany surrendered to the allies the day before , Stalin insisted on a second surrender ceremony. Karshorst became the HQ of the Red Army after the war , the Russians only left in 1994. Well worth a visit, the exhibits are well curated . When you return to the centre there is a very good restaurant at the top of the street , unable to remember the name , I had a nice meal there.

Visited July 2014
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Bethesda, Md
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“Russian POW victims of the Nazis and more”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2014

This museum is located in former East Berlin in the house that was the site of the Nazi surrender to the Russians at the end of WWII. Before reunification, this was a museum that celebrated the victory of glorious Russia over the Nazis. The first floor of the museum is mainly to show where and how the surrender took place. Upstairs, however, is a much deeper and more informative exhibit that focuses in part on the Nazis' horrendous treatment of Russian POWs. The museum seems to have been retooled since reunification to make it less propagandistic. It covers parts of the story not addressed in other WWII museums in Berlin. The cab ride to get there from central Berlin was pricey, but the visit was really interesting.

Visited July 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Very interesting museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

I've been to many military museums but I really liked this one for the feeling you get when you walk in. Knowing that this was where it all officially ended. It gives you a sense of history as the room and the tables have all been left alone. When I arrived there was only about 20 people nice change as a lot of other places are crowded and noisy eg : check point Charlie. The museum has no entry fee which I thought was amazing in this day and age. As other people have said its a bit hard to get too but worth the effort.

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“An appreciation of the Russian perspective of WW II”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014

I found this one of the best WW II museums I have visited. Admission is free and an Audio Guide is also provided. Go to S-Bahn Karshorst (S3) and take the 296 Bus which stops at the front door. TIP FOR ALL MUSEUMS - take your own earbuds or overhead headphones to save holding the Audio Guide to your ear for your whole tour.
The museum deals with German - Soviet relations from the Russian Revolution in 1917 to 1990 with a focus on WW II and how 20 million Russians died as a result of the War. The burning of villages, crops and the inhuman treatment of civilians and prisoners of war as the Germans advanced and retreated is dealt with graphically and explains to some extent what has been perceived as Russian excesses in Germany and Berlin as the invading Russians captured the eastern part of Germany and Berlin. It also details how prisoners of war were not repatriated until well after the war finished and in some cases not until 1955. Prisoners of war were not welcomed home by either Country.
This is where the German Armed forces commanders ratified and confirmed the unconditional German surrender and the room is untouched from that day.An historic film is screened. It is also from where the joint Allied forces administered Berlin after WW II until the agreement fell apart in the late 1940's. From this date it was the Russian command centre for East Berlin and East Germany.
To do it justice you need to spend at least half a day, but don't be dissuaded from spending a shorter time.
Most displays come with English translations, but the Audio Guide also greatly assists.
Outside there is a display of Russian tanks and military trucks.
I rate this as a must visit for those interested in WW II history.

Visited May 2014
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