Complete Agreement

“I, a simple soldier, stood here in the place from which the fate of the German people was once guided, and from which it was defined. I began to understand some things. It became increasingly clear to me why we had now to experience the end of Germany.

“No one in the room dared to express his own opinion. Everything that came from the Führer’s mouth was received with complete agreement. This was a group of courtiers without parallel. Or were they worried that they might be uprooted from this still-secure and privileged life if they voiced their own opinion?”

— General Helmuth Weidling, in the Reich Chancellery, April 25, 1945, quoted in Swansong 1945: The Collective Diary of the Last Days of the Third Reich edited by Walter Kempowski. Hitler took his own life five days later. Weidling surrendered Berlin to the Russians on May 2nd.

Timber

Cisna Poster

A Polish tourist poster by Ryszard Kaja (1962-2019), depicting the narrow-gauge Bieszczady Forest Railway, built to transport timber. The first line, 25 km long, led from Nowy Łupków eastwards to Cisna, mostly along Solinka river valley, and was opened in 1898. It was in use as recently as the 1990s, but has since been turned into a tourist attraction.