One of the things we found in the Rathaus are detailed dioramas of Hannover at different times in its history. The first one is from the late 1600s and shows a walled town. Then then have one from 1939, 1945, and modern day. In each of them we can place where we live, work, etc. The detail is incredible.
But the reason it’s worth posting some photos is to give you an idea of the devastation wrought in Germany by WWII. The night before we left for Berlin, Eric and I watched a PBS special on the Bombing of Germany during the war (one of the only shows we could get…and very appropriate to where we are and our interests). I’d head that only 10% of Hannover survived the war. After seeing the dioramas that’s not such a random statistic any more.
|The church in the bottom photos as it is today…|
These aren’t perfect but come close to showing you the same sections of town from before and after the war.
|The same area after WWII. There’s nothing left.|
|The large building in the front is the Rathaus. You can see the church which was on the right above now in the left.|
|After the war.|