National Geographic : 1949 May
605 Fenno Jacobs from Black Star Beside a Bullet-scarred Column, They Dream of the Old Berlin and Wonder About the New Life in Germany's capital offers little to elderly women like these sunning themselves on the Char lottenburger Chaussee (boulevard), near the Bran denburg Gate. Around them are stark, shattered buildings, sym bols of Germany's defeat, and their future lies in the hands of four victorious powers. Overhead roars a steady procession of airlift planes hauling in vital supplies. On fair days before the war, the women could have strolled in the Tiergarten, visited the zoo, toured art galleries and public buildings, or relaxed in sidewalk cafes along the Kurfiirsten-Damm. Today, much of the Tiergarten is given over to vegetable gardens, with only a few stone figures reminding of past splendor. Thousands of the park's trees have been cut down for firewood. The zoo, once among the world's finest, houses but a few animals; the rest were destroyed to pre vent their escape during Allied air attacks. Museums and public buildings, including the Reichstag (page 614) and the Chancellery where Adolf Hitler ended his dream of world conquest, are in ruins. Sidewalk cafes open occasionally, but offer mea ger food and drink at exorbitant prices.