Hitler's Fuhrerbunker to be reconstructed in Germany

The Berlin bunker where Hitler spent his final weeks will be partially rebuilt at a museum

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A German museum plans to recreate the Berlin bunker where Hitler spent his last days at Führer during the Second World War.

The bunker copy is currently in the planning stages, but the museum’s director Ingo Mersmann expects it to be open by the summer.

Hitler’s rooms, his secretary’s office, the radio room and his doctor’s room will all be faithfully replicated.

“We want this to be an educational experience so that families or groups of school kids can see how it really was: To experience the tiny rooms and the dampness of the bunker. We want to recreate it to show people," Mr Mersmann to the Local news site.

 

The museum, named Top Secret, is not in fact in Berlin but in Oberhausen, a town in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Top Secret is no stranger to controversy. It made the news when it opened a replica of the building Osama bin Laden was living in before he was captured and killed by American special forces in 2011.

But the museum’s director assured critics that the site would not become a place of “pilgrimage” for neo-Nazis.

“We certainly don't want to recreate a place for the misguided people who still see him as a hero to come as a pilgrimage,” he said.

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1945: Private First Class Richard Blust of Michigan surveys the bunker at the German Reichschancellery in Berlin where Adolf Hitler and his wife Eva Braun are thought to have committed suicide (Getty)

Hitler moved to the Führerbunker in January 1945 and remained there until his suicide in April, just days after marrying Eva Braun, when he realised the war was a lost cause.

In 1947 Soviet troops attempted to blow up the bunker, but succeeded in damaging a number of walls. In 1958 the East German government began to more thoroughly demolish the complex.

The site was left unmarked for many years, and it was only in 2006 that the location was received an official information board. It had been policy to ignore such sites, so they would not become places of pilgrimage for Nazi supporters.

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