The Elephant Gate
Berlin Zoo and Surrounding Areas
Berlin Zoo Guidebooks, 1930-1941
Vintage Postcards from the Berlin Zoo
"Volkerschau," the "Human Zoos
The animals of the Zoo before the war
The Elephants of the Berlin Zoo
Archive of Sechtl and Vosecek Studios
Stereo Prints of the Berlin Zoo, 1900
The war comes to the zoo
Nazi Propaganda Posters
After the war
Order the book
An excerpt from the book.
Vintage films of the Zoo.
Sign My Petition!
Bibliography and Related Reading
Ruins of the Zoo Station, 1945. Courtesy of Northampton Museums Service, all rights reserved.
Abandoned 88MM gun on the grounds of the Zoo, 1945.
Berliners leaving the Zoo Flak Tower after the fall of the city to the Russians.
Berliners relaxing atop the Zoo Flak Tower after the war, 1945.
The Zoo Flak Tower being used as a hospital, July 1945.
A nurse using the phone in the Zoo Flak Tower, July 1945.
Two Berlin policemen looking over the devastated Zoo grounds. Photo by Friedrich Siedenstucker, 1945.
Airplane wreckage littering the Tiergarten after the war.
More wreckage in the Tiergarten, 1945.
Children playing near the ruins of the Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church, 1945.
More children, 1945.
Another shot of the destruction near the Berlin Zoo. Photo by Robert Capa, 1945, all rights reserved.
The Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church. Photo by Robert Capa, 1945, all rights reserved.
Street scene near the August-Viktoria Platz, late 1940's.
A man selling newspapers at the Zoo Station. Photo by Robert Capa, 1945, all rights reserved.
Another shot of the destruction near the Zoo Station. Photo by Robert Capa, 1945, all rights reserved.
The Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church and surrounding ruins, summer 1945.
Berlin's women, the so-called "rubble women," clean up debris near the Berlin Zoo, 1945.
Another shot of the ruined church from the American Sector of Berlin, 1945.
Russian street signs near the Berlin Zoo, circa 1945.
Article from The Miami News titled "Siam Lonely in Berlin Zoo," January 6, 1946.
Siam, from LIFE magazine, October 12, 1945. The ruins of Berlin can be seen in the background.
Siam, being fed by a handler after the war.
Zoo Director, Ludwig Heck, with a baboon after the war. From the book "The Last Battle," by Cornelius Ryan, all rights reserved.
Bird's eye view of the Zoo Flak Tower and its Command Tower.
An aerial shot of the Zoo Flak Tower after the war, from LIFE magazine.
The Zoo Flak Tower after the war with two destroyed Soviet tanks in the foreground.
The Zoo Flak Tower, circa 1946.
Unloading a patient at the Zoo Flak Tower, 1946.
Destroyed anti-aircraft guns atop the Zoo Flak Tower, 1945.
The Zoo Flak Tower being blown up, 1947.
The Flak Tower, destroyed by the Allies after the war in 1947. The area was taken over by the zoo and is now a Hippopotamus park.
Children swimming near the destroyed Zoo Flak Tower, 1947.
Another view of the destroyed Zoo Flak Tower, 1947.
The ruins of the Zoo Bunker.
The destruction of the Humboldthain Flak Tower at the end of the war.
Guns atop the collapsed Humboldthain Flak Tower.
Debris being removed from the collapsed Friedrichshain Flak Tower.
Another view of the collapsed Friedrichshain Flak Tower.
The ruins of the Ostrich House, taken some time after the war.
Photo of the ruins of the Zoo Flak Tower, circa 1955. The Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church is seen to the right of the photo.
Katharina Heinroth, who took over as Zoo Director in 1945 and remained at the post until 1956.
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