The downturn for Karstadt on Hermannplatz came at the beginning of the 1930s, as a significant part of the sales floor proved to be superfluous and/or no longer sustainable during the financial crisis, and due to mismanagement. Whole individual floors had to be closed, and many employees let go, as a result. The National Socialists did not respect Karstadt either, forcing the management of the store to dismiss any employees of Jewish origin – with a threatened refusal to grant a loan, and the consequent bankruptcy, hanging over the store’s head. In the Second World War, although the building initially only suffered light damage, it was blown up by the SS in April 1945 to ensure Soviet troops could not seize the food supplies stored there. Only a small section of the historic building on Hasenheide survived the destruction, offering a glimpse of the structure’s size at that time.