German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
The German-Russian Museum is the historic site of the unconditional surrender of the German Armed Forces. It took place in Berlin-Karlshorst on 8 May 1945. The Federal Republic of Germany and the Russian Federation, i.e. the two former wartime enemies, jointly recall the period of World War II.
The German-Russian Museum was founded 50 years after World War II in Europe ended on 8 May 1945. It is a place where two former wartime enemies jointly recall some of their common history. We are a so-far unique bilateral institution sponsored by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Russian Federation and the only museum in Germany with a permanent exhibition commemorating the war of annihilation against the Soviet Union. The exhibition documents the war from the perspective of both parties, German and Soviet. It was the occupied Soviet territories where the murder of European Jews began. But German warfare and occupation rule were also responsible for other crimes, such as the mass mortality of Soviet prisoners of war in German custody as well as the planned starvation of millions of civilians. Along with the genocide of European Jewry, this war is part of the large complex of Nazi crimes to which millions fell victim through systematic extermination.
After the act of unconditional surrender, which took place in our building, from 1945 to 1949 the former officers’ mess of the German Armed Forces’ Engineer Corps Training Centre (Pionierschule) served as the seat of the Soviet Military Administration in Germany. After being used for various purposes by the Soviet military, a Soviet surrender museum opened in 1967 and existed until 1994. The German-Russian Museum opened in 1995.
Unique Selling Points
• Historic Surrender Room
• Uniform of Marshal Georgy Zhukov, who accepted the surrender for the Red Army High Command
• Soviet tanks and other major weapons in the museum garden
“We consider the cooperation with Liberation Route Europe as worthwhile as the German-Russian Museum is the historic site where on 8 May 1945 the unconditional surrender of the German Armed Forces was ratified and put the final end to World War II in Europe.”
Jörg Morré, Director of the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst