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1945: What Stands on the Site of Hitler’s Bunker in Berlin Today?

1945: What Stands on the Site of Hitler’s Bunker in Berlin Today?
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Hitler’s bunker was actually not dug especially deep in the ground – only around 8.5 meters. On this day Hitler permanently moved into the bunker and his closest associates, including his personal secretary Martin Bormann, came with him.

On this day in 1945 Adolf Hitler moved to the famous bunker in Berlin where he then resided until his death in April the same year. This bunker was known as the Führerbunker and it was located right next to the Hitler’s office in Berlin. This Reich Chancellery (Reichskanzlei) was placed along the Voßstraße street, next to the intersection with larger Wilhelmstraße street, where a large number of German government buildings were located (in Wilhelmstrasse were Goebbels’ Ministry of Propaganda and Goering’s Ministry of Aviation). This entire section of Berlin was called the Regierungsvirtel (the government district).

The bunker had a total of 30 rooms on two different levels. It was protected by a concrete layer about 4 meters thick. Hitler’s bunker actually was not dug especially deep in the ground – only around 8.5 meters. On this day Hitler permanently moved into the bunker and his closest associates, including his personal secretary Martin Bormann, came with him. A little later Eva Braun and Minister Joseph Goebbels also came, together with his wife Magda and their six children.

What happened to this bunker after Hitler’s death and the end of the Second World War? This part of Berlin was under Soviet occupation, and it later became a part of East Germany (the so-called East Berlin). The Soviets and East Germans tried on several occasions to destroy the remains of the bunker, but they did not manage to do it completely. Later, that part of Berlin was neglected because it was near the Berlin Wall zone. Eventually, plain looking residential buildings were built, which still stand on that site.

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