National Geographic : 1949 May
DU/ d ennfo dacous Ir op iaK Dar Bricks, Salvaged from Ruins, Pass from Hand to Hand to Rebuild a Bombed-out Shop Joining in this project on the Kurfiirsten-Damm, formerly Berlin's Fifth Avenue, are the shop owner, his wife, and their daughters. Until June, 1948, reconstruction had made rapid progress, but the blockade halted the flow of mate rials into Berlin. The airlift, facing a gigantic task in feeding and heating the city, has no space for bricks, lumber, and bulky equipment. With such work at a virtual standstill, the occa sional bits of bright newness make a strange con trast amid the square miles of desolation. Many Berliners who would otherwise be idle are employed on demolition projects. Salvaged mate- rials go into repairs and new homes and industries. One of the largest work-relief projects was the Tegel airstrip, in the French sector, which was rushed to completion in November to provide a third Berlin terminal for Operation Vittles's planes. Much of it was built with rubble. In the Soviet Zone demolition crews recently dynamited the wreckage of the lavish Chancellery which was Hitler's pride. Crashing with it went the small balcony where the Fiihrer sometimes made personal appearances and reviewed the mechanized armies of his "1,000 year Reich."