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The Fall of Berlin

Uses firsthand footage to track the events that led to the conclusion of the war in Europe and the fall of Berlin on May 2, 1945. As the Americans create a bridgehead on the River Elbe, the Luftwaffe makes a last desperate attempt to counter the fury of the Allies bombing of Berlin. While Hitler visits the Eastern Front, the Hitler Youth builds barricades around the doomed city. But all is lost, as far as the Third Reich is concerned. The Russian Army launches an attack along the Oder River, only 40 miles from Berlin. The German surrender becomes inevitable, and the city is divided up among the victors. Directed by Yuri Raizman and Elizaveta Svilova. c2005. 75 min.

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