When the Balicki children finally arrive in Berlin, they can see straight away that the place is an absolute mess. As far as the eye can see, just about every building has been destroyed, a legacy of the terrible war that Hitler started and eventually brought home to his country.
But the children don't really notice all the destruction. After all, they spent a lot of time in Warsaw, and if anything, the level of destruction there was even greater. The children are not so much concerned with what the city looks like as with getting food and shelter.
Before long, they're tucking into a long, cigar-shaped loaf of bread. More food is available at the transit camp, a disused cinema which is the children's next port of call. Once there, they're able to get some soup and a place to sleep. The children are given blankets and straw-filled mattresses and ushered to a dark corner of the hall.
The next morning, the relative peace of the transit camp is shattered by a commotion at the entrance. There's a lot of shrieking, and people inside the camp crane their necks to see what's happening. The way things are going it looks like there's going to be a major stampede.
As it turns out, a chimpanzee called Bistro has just escaped from the zoo. Apparently, he broke free from his cage at the Tiergarten and hopped aboard a tram in the Adolf Hitler Strasse, where he bit a scared passenger before getting off at the next stop.