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Quarto, photo. illus. boards (hardcover), 119 pp. Neat former-owner bookplate; otherwise, Fine with a Fine dust jacket. Text in German. From dust jacket (roughly translated from German text): Richly illustrated history of the war-torn German aviation collection with information on where these exhibits can be found today. --Berlin-Tiergarten, Alt-Moabit 4/10: A wide staircase overgrown with dense vegetation leads to a wide, cleared area; a small half-timbered house crouches in the shadow of the light rail viaduct. Hardly any of the few passers-by suspects that 40 years ago one of the most important aviation museums in the world stood here, the German Aviation Collection Berlin. The memory of this museum is almost extinguished today, the building and collection have been removed from consciousness; yes, there is hardly any historical archive material about this disappeared museum, not even an inventory list has been preserved, although in the short years of its existence it was visited annually by tens of thousands of interested parties. -Holger Steinle, who was the first to report on the previously mysterious and inaccessible former traffic and construction museum in Berlin, also found what he was looking for here. In several years of work, he and Michael Hundertmark gathered all the information that could be obtained until the history of this museum could be reconstructed. -The real surprise, however, is the fact that he managed to track down the aircraft from the German Aviation Collection, which he believed to be lost, and to present them to the public. In addition, in lengthy negotiations, he managed to ensure that these witnesses to aviation history can be seen again in the foreseeable future for anyone interested in Krakow and Berlin. For this purpose, they will be restored together in a long-term collaboration between the Museum of Aerospace Krakow and the Museum of Transport and Technology Berlin. -In this book the history of the museum building from the opening of the exhibition site in 1879 to the clearing in 1952 is shown in detail for the first time. However, the focus is on the German Aviation Collection, which can be traced back to its beginnings in 1909 in Tolinski's restaurant in Johannisthal; The numerous intermediate stations up to their opening in 1936 at Lehrter Bahnhof are shown, as well as the supposed end and the surprising discoveries in Poland. -Numerous illustrations, many of which have never been published, complete this comprehensive documentation.
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