The lost statues of Anhalter Bahnhof

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This was another of my Berlin railway explores, the only real bit of the Anhalter Bahnhof that survives is the front facade, so they say, but if you do a bit of research in the area, there is much more to be found.

Berlin, Ruine des Anhalter Bahnhofes

Beyond the facade is now a park where the back of the railway station used to be, I just knew there had to be some some other lost parts to the Anhalter, walking into the park I soon found parts of the old platforms and part of a old building.

When I got towards the end of the park there was a fenced of overgrown area with the sign saying Zutritt verboten,  as soon as I read this notice I thought to myself there might be something in there,or there might be jack shit for all I know, but to my past explores seeing keep out, or forbidden signs, its been fenced off to hide something.

After climbing the fence I started finding stuff to do with the railway, and a bit further in I seen the magnificent Reich eagle standing there in all of it glory, just could not believe what I had found also there was a few other statues laying about with missing heads and arms etc.

I think a lot of this stuff must have been stored here after the second word war, after the station was destroyed and maybe some of the statues was from the Anhalter bahnhof, but not sure about the eagle, so glad I decided to climb that fence.

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History

During World War II the Anhalter Bahnhof was one of three stations used to deport some 55,000 Berlin Jews between 1941 and 1945, about a third of the city’s entire Jewish population (as of 1933). From the Anhalter alone 9,600 left, in groups of 50 to 100 at a time using 116 trains. In contrast to other deportations using freight wagons, here the Jews were taken away in ordinary passenger coaches which were coupled up to regular trains departing according to the normal timetable. All deportations went to Theresienstadt in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, and from there to concentration camps.

Meanwhile, during World War II the Anhalter Bahnhof, like most of Berlin, was devastated by British and American bombs and Soviet artillery shells. A massive bombing raid on the night of 23 November 1943 badly affected the station, and caused so much damage to rail infrastructure further out that long-distance trains could no longer run, just a few local services. Two further major raids on 3 February and 26 February 1945 left the terminus with large sections of its roof missing, the rest unsafe and tottering, and no trains running at all. Many sections of the S-Bahn as well as the U-Bahn were also closed during the war due to enemy action, and the section through Anhalter Bahnhof was no exception.

 

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