Home Sweet Home

When I arrived in Berlin, I was taken to my new home, Andrews Barracks.

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One couldn’t enter Andrews without feeling some of the history of what was a famous kaserna (barracks).  Since it was only 20 years after the World War II ended, there were still treasure troves of old Nazi-era memorabilia in storage. I even found (and kept, although lost in the intervening years) a picture of Hitler riding in a 1936 BMW convertible, identical to the one I purchased and restored while there.

An excellent background Web site was created by Reinhard von Bronewski, a German native who worked closely with the Berlin Brigade. Although it is interesting that he writes of Andrews that it housed “special troops,” never mentioning the Army Security Agency. It always surprised me how  well the secrets of the rubble pile were kept – of course, Facebook didn’t exist then.

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