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108 WATER CRISIS A month ago, my younger brother, Bill, and I spent 10 days wandering around Berlin, Germany. This was a city that was totally devastated at the end of World War II, little more than a pile of rubble. Russian troops fought from street to street, building to building, floor to floor to finally take the city at the end of April, 1945. Pictures of the place at the end of that human catastrophe are hard to believe. Innovative Health - Summer 2016 ONE DOCTOR’S OPINION /// BY ROBERT SODERSTROM, M.D. GENESEE COUNTY MEDICAL SOCEITY You would never know it in Berlin today. You can walk their beautiful streets, ride their incredibly clean and efficient mass transit, eat at the innumerable restaurants on open and wide plazas, and never even sense the destruction of 70 years ago. The Reichstag, where the German parliament convenes, was the final target of the Russian assault. The most famous picture from 1945 shows the building as rubble with a single Russian soldier triumphantly waving the red flag from a shattered tower. The Reichstag has been completely rebuilt. Oh, yes, there are still a few bullet holes here and there, but the new dome of the building is an architectural wonder with beautiful views over the whole city. When one reviews the pictures of 1945 and then walks the city today it is, really, hard to believe it is the same place. In 1948, the United States initiated the Marshall Plan which provided money to rebuild a devastated


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