Cold War camera: 1950s Berlin in color
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Cold War camera: 1950s Berlin in color

Ten years after the end of WWII, Germany was rebuilding. Cities like Berlin, which had been severely damaged during the war were emerging from the rubble as the 'Wirtschaftswunder' or 'economic miracle' transformed West Germany.

In the immediate post-war period hundreds of thousands of allied troops were stationed in the divided country, many of them with cameras. Found recently at a flea market, the images in this article date from 1956-7 and were taken by a US Serviceman in Berlin. In part 1, we saw images taken in the winter of 1956 - this selection is mostly from spring and summer 1957. If you know where they were taken, or have any memories or facts to add, please leave a comment!