The so-called Hitler’s Bunker in Berlin is a place of pilgrimage for many visitors. He added that photography was not allowed. Not long after the two-week battle for Berlin ended, 33-year-old LIFE photographer William Vandivert was on the scene, photographing the city’s devastated landscape and the eerie scene inside the bunker where Adolf Hitler spent the last months of his life; where he and Eva Braun were married; and where, just before war’s end, the two killed themselves on April 30. Hundreds of thousands perished in the Battle of Berlin—including untold numbers of civilian men, women and children—while countless more were left homeless amid the ruins. Centre: The guard's shelter, The Führerbunker in the garden of the Reichskanzlei is seen in 1947, after it was destroyed. Even though Hitler had always been referred to as the “Führer” (“Leader”), the Constitution of the Weimar Republic of 1919 had never been abolished and his official title was Chancellor of the Reich. ", Leaders in Vienna have announced they will tear down and convert the house where Adolf Hitler was born, which had become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. The residential buildings and the parking lot were designed to cover most of the area of the former bunker in the hope that people forget about it. Free Tours by Foot is the original pay-what-you-like walking tour. It is based on the memories of his secretary Traudl Junge and the works of a German historian. Hitler sat in middle and fell forward, did not bleed on sofa. Papers (mostly news reports dated April 29, the day before Hitler and Eva Bruan killed themselves) inside Hitler’s bunker, Berlin, 1945. Not long after the two-week battle for Berlin ended, 33-year-old LIFE photographer William Vandivert was on the scene, photographing the city’s devastated landscape and the eerie scene inside the bunker where Adolf Hitler spent the last months of his life; where he and Eva Braun were married; and where, just before war’s end, the two killed themselves on April 30. The Vorbunker ( “forward bunker”; the upper bunker), completed in 1936. In the year 2004, the German movie (with Italy, Russia, and Austria) “Downfall” (“Der Untergang”) about the last days in the bunker was released. (17.10.2016), 70 years after the author's death, a scholarly edition of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" hit the book stores. The Nazi leader moved into the subterranean complex on 16 January 1945, and he was later joined by Eva Braun, Martin Bormann and Joseph Goebbels. At the end of her life, Traudl Junge agreed to talk to the Austrian artist André Heller, who lost Jewish family members in the death camps. It’s just there, underneath the ground, inaccessible for good reason. Reserve regiments including the 16th Bavarian Reserve were rushed from inadequate training to fill the lines around Ypres. Despite the truth, at least at the moment, it is more or less just a parking lot. +++Join us on our pay-what-you-like walking tours of Berlin to learn more!+++. An SS officer’s cap, with the infamous death’s-head skull emblem barely visible. Most historians are now quite certain that Braun committed suicide by biting into a cyanide capsule, rather than by gunshot—meaning the bloodstains on the couch might well be Hitler’s, after all. In typed notes that William Vandivert sent to LIFE’s New York offices after getting to Berlin, he described his intense, harried visit to Hitler’s bunker: “These pix were made in the dark with only candle for illumination … Our small party of four beat all rest of mob who came down about forty minutes after we got there.” Above: A 16th century painting reportedly stolen from a Milan museum.
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