Audio Feature "The Surrender Signing in Berlin-Karlshorst"

In the museum building, the signing of the unconditional surrender to all four victorious powers took place on May 8, 1945. (Museum Berlin-Karlshorst; Photo: Iwan Schagin)

In an audio feature of the museum the historical events can be listened to. People who were present at the signing of the surrender have their say.


(listen to on spotify)


You can hear verbatim excerpts from the memoirs of:

Marshal Georgi Shukov: Commander-in-Chief of the 1st Belorussian Front, which had taken Berlin (together with the 1st Ukrainian Front). Appointed at short notice as commander-in-chief of the Red Army (in the European theatre of war), he accepted the surrender on behalf of the entire Red Army.

Air Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder: Deputy to Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Western Allied Forces (Allied Expeditionary Corps).

General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny: Commander-in-Chief of the French Army, sent by his government, the government-in-exile under de Gaulle, who had returned from Britain.

Captain Harry C. Butcher: Actually a radio journalist, but as Eisenhower's aide-de-camp he was one of his closest associates. He travels to Berlin as Eisenhower's confidant.

Major Fritz Oppenheimer: US Army officer and advisor in the legal department on Eisenhower's staff. He had fled to the USA as a Jewish lawyer from Berlin to escape the Holocaust. Because of his knowledge of German, he was used as a permanent escort ("Aufpasser") for the German delegation.

Here you can find background-information. (In German language.)