Getting Their Just Deserts

After the Battle for Berlin ended on 2 May 1945 and the Soviet Army took control of the city, they seized those who had been members of the Nazi Party and forced them to clear rubble, sweep the streets, dig bodies out of the wreckage, and many other unpleasant tasks. I can’t think of a better group to have been forced into the initial cleanup of Berlin.

(Source: Battleground Berlin: Diaries, 1945-1948 by Ruth Andreas-Friedrich)

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website:

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