Why did the USSR hand over West Berlin? (Short Animated Documentary)

Just after World War 2, the USSR handed over West Berlin to the western allies despite having conquered it all on its own. So why did it do this? To find out watch this short and simple animated history documentary.

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  1. Side-Fact: Berlin had a seperate status because of the occupation zones and its symbolic role. Therefore, West-Berliners could not vote in the federal elections and were not conscripted into the army, because the territory didn´t fully belong to West-Germany. This led to many West-Germans "fleeing" to West-Berlin to avoid getting conscripted

  2. A better question? Why would the Roosevelt Admin. deprive Patton of the diesel he needed to take ALL of Germany and drive the raping Soviet scum out of Poland and the Baltics as well?

  3. You forgot one very important reason: Keeping West Berlin would've come at a territorial cost. The Americans and British ended the war occupying a major part of what was meant to become the Soviet occupation zone. Territory they would not have surrendered had Stalin not kept his word on dividing Berlin between all 4 powers.

    With the prospect of World War III on his mind, allowing an indefensible capitalist exclave within his zone must have seemed a price worth paying for moving the real frontline further away from the city and closer to the Rhine. It also meant transferring more German industrial areas to the Soviet zone.

    Adenauer in the early '60s actually proposed to the Western occupying powers that they should try and trade West Berlin for parts of East Germany roughly equivalent to what they had surrendered in the summer of 1945.

  4. We really feel it's a grave injustice to the Soviet Union! The whole of Berlin deserves to be under the thumb of the Communists! 80,000 Soviets and Polish Communists died capturing the German capital! The Western Powers only sloth it out while the Reds did all the fighting and dying!

  5. And thanks to a Soviet blunder, my mother grew up in West Berlin, my father from the south of Germany could study there and they met… I have to give thanks to the Soviets for my existence… 🤔 never thought, I'd say this…

  6. Stalin wanted Germany to be neutral like Austria would become but the Allies refused and fairly quickly rearmed Germany, the same Germany that just killed around 27,000,000 Soviet citizens. They also stopped de-Nazifying Germany and many former Nazis remained in the army and government (one went on to head NATO)
    Alarmingly, the Nazis had been saying since the start of the war that the west would combine to crush Bolshevism, they just thought they'd do it in concert with the Nazis and not crush them first. So the USSR saw exactly this happen.
    This is foundational to the Cold War and not understanding it gives you every wrong idea when trying to understand it.

  7. I like how in the flashlight flicking scene, the soldier's pupil actually gets smaller when the light is flashing on it, like how a real eye would act, lol. It is the little details like that that really make things come together.

  8. I lived in Berlin in 90 to 92 as an American teen.
    We rode public transportation for free, our housing was free.
    It was a super cool time to live there.
    I have one of those "you are leaving the American sector" signs.
    The Duty Train between Frankfurt and Berlin was a hoot.
    Driving through The Corridor was also interesting. My dad did some under the table trades with a Russian guard.

  9. I love your videos man. All great information. Always a good experience especially with your characters. Keep up the good work. I look forward to every upload…. I miss the 10 minute ones though =]

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