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German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlhorst

German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlhorst, partner of Liberation Route Europe

www.museum-karlshorst.de

The German-Russian Museum is located at the historic site where the German Armed Forces surrendered unconditionally. It took place in Berlin-Karlshorst on 8 May 1945. The Federal Republic of Germany and the Russian Federation – the modern descendants of the two former wartime enemies – jointly recall the period of World War II.

The German-Russian Museum was founded on 8 May 1945, 50 years after the end of World War II in Europe. It is a place where two former wartime enemies jointly recall some of their common history. The museum is a unique bilateral institution sponsored by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Russian Federation, and the only museum in Germany with a permanent exhibition recalling the war of annihilation against the Soviet Union. The exhibition documents this war from the perspective of both parties, German and Soviet. The occupied Soviet territory was where the murder of European Jews began, but German warfare and occupying rule was also responsible for other crimes, such as the mass death of Soviet prisoners of war in German custody, and the planned starvation of millions of civilians. Along with the genocide of European Jewry, this war was part of the large complex of Nazi crimes to which millions fell victim through systematic extermination.

After the act of unconditional surrender, which took place in the museum’s building, from 1945 to 1949 the former officers’ mess of the German Armed Forces’ Pioneer School served as the seat of the Soviet Military Administration in Germany. After being used for various purposes by the Soviet military, a Soviet surrender museum opened in 1967 and existed until 1994. The German-Russian Museum opened in 1995.


"Our cooperation with Liberation Route Europe is worthwhile as the German-Russian Museum is the historic site where on 8 May 1945 the unconditional surrender of the German Armed Forces was ratified and put the final end to World War II in Europe.”


 

  • Historic Surrender Room
  • Uniform of Marshal Georgy Zhukov, who accepted the surrender for the Red Army High Command
  • Soviet tanks and other major weapons in the museum garden
Location Zwieseler Str. 410318Berlin
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Liberation Route Europe is an ever expanding international commemoration route connecting the milestones of modern European history together. The route forms a link between the major regions during the advance of the Allies.

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