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Blocked Victors - Divided Berlin: 75 Years of the Airlift

  • Jahrestag der Beendigung der Berlin-Blockade

    Archive: Airlift memorial at the Platz der Luftbrücke in Berlin.

  • Luftbrücke

    Archive: This 1948 photo shows West Berlin boys standing on a pile of rubble, waving at a U.S. transport plane bringing supplies to West Berlin.

The open-air exhibition "Blocked Victors - Divided Berlin: 75 Years of the Airlift" in front of the Tempelhof Airport departure hall is dedicated to the Berlin Blockade 75 years ago.

2023/24 marks the 75th anniversary of the Berlin Blockade, an event closely linked to the city's history. To mark the occasion, the Military History Museum of the German Armed Forces Air Base Berlin-Gatow, the Allied Museum Berlin and the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst are presenting the special exhibition "Blocked Victors - Divided Berlin: 75 Years of the Airlift", which was jointly developed, at Tempelhof Airport.

Blocked Victors, Divided Berlin, Airlift, Myth and Memory

The narrative of the success and achievement of the Airlift is widely known. The exhibition adds further perspectives to this view: How did the blockade and airlift come about in 1948 in the first place? What policies did the Western Allies and the Soviet Union, as victorious and occupying powers, pursue towards Germany and Berlin in the first couple of post-war years? What did the blockade and the airlift have to do with the division of the city? How did Berliners experience this period? And what role does the Airlift play in Berlin's culture of remembrance? The exhibition explores these questions in several chapters: Blockaded Victors, Divided Berlin, Airlift, Myth and Memory.

Airlift Exhibition in Four Languages

The information will be provided in English, French, German and Russian. A handout in Ukrainian is also being prepared. An online publication will also be published to accompany the exhibition. An accompanying program with lectures, readings and film screenings is also planned.

At a Glance

Blockierte Sieger – geteiltes Berlin: 75 Jahre Luftbrücke
Tempelhof Airport (in front of the former departure hall)
28 June 2023
12 May 2024
Opening Hours
The exhibition is accessible at all times.
Admission Fee

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Platz der Luftbrücke 1
12101 Berlin

Source: Museum Berlin-Karlshorst/

Last edited: 4 September 2023