The 1920s in Berlin were an incredible time, full both of misery and wonder. It was the time which brought both the worst and the best in people who lived there. And sometimes it helped pave way for genius. Or future classics.

Episode 5 of Berlin Companion Podcast tells the story of one such classic made in Berlin.





Sound effects:

BBC Sound Effects Archive
bbc_animals—_07037493 piegeons cooing
bbc_animals fighting for food

Freesound
Suspense Comedy” by Tyops
Ambient Traut” by Vann Westfold
Silent Movie – Sam Fox – Hurry Music” by FreqMan

Storyblocks 

Main theme: “Assembly Line Frustration” © Ionics Music | TerraSound.de

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In April 1945, as the Red Army was closing its grip on Berlin, coming closer and closer to Hitler’s last refuge under the Chancellery gardens, one of his favourite pilots managed to fly a small aeroplane into the burning capital and land it near Brandenburg Gate. On board she carried a wounded future head of the Nazi Luftwaffe.

Aircraft Capitan Hanna Reitsch. Here is the story of her remarkable Berlin coup. And of her post-war denial.

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