Prior to World War II, Berlin was one of the premier cities in the world. From 1940 to 1945, the Royal Air Force, United States Air Force and Red Air Force conducted 363 bombing raids, laying the city to waste.
Teufelsberg, the NSA listening post that provides the focal point for my novel, McCurry’s War, was a hill built out of the rubble of Berlin, a hill that rises more than 260 feet. When I arrived in Berlin some 20 years after the war, many neighborhoods were still marred by destroyed homes and other structures. A popular tourist attraction when I was there, as I am sure it still is today, is the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Built in 1891, the church was irreparably damaged in an air raid in 1943. The church was largely destroyed, but part of the spire and much of the entrance hall survived and was preserved as a memorial when the church was rebuilt..
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church following the war.
The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church as it appears today.