Tuesday, 29. July 2014
14. 05. 14. - 16:00
The Fuehrer would be turning in his grave - if he had one - to learn that the place where he ended his life and where the Third Reich came to an end now hosts a beer shop.
The City Service Berlin booze store is just yards from the bunker where on April 30, 1945, Hitler and his new bride Eva Braun ended their lives with gunshots and cyanide thirty feet underground.
A small plaque outside the site informs visitors of the historic significance of the site. Now Bernd Herbrich, manager of the beer emporium, intends to put up his own to inform customers that they are buying a slice of history along with their amber nectar.
"Although tourists find their way here, not everyone in the city knows that the bunker was here," said Bernd.
"I was born after World War II but I have heard the stories from my parents and grandparents. I imagine what happened 70 years ago, and there is much blame, but I cannot be responsible for those events. I’m a man of another generation, I see no problem to talk about the history, and cannot see why other Germans have," commented Bernd.
The bunker was the air raid shelter for Hitler's chancellery which he had to retreat to in early 1945 as the Soviet Red Army advanced on land towards the capital and the bombers of Britain and America pounded it into brickdust from the skies.
The bunker was overrun by Russians days after Hitler's suicide and the charred corpses of him and Eva were found in a shell hole in the garden outside. Stalin ordered that the corpses be secretly removed and buried in East Germany.
They had several secret burial places over the years before being dug up one final time in 1970, the bones burned and crushed, and the ashes dumped into a river.
The bunker was in the death strip of the Berlin Wall during the years of the Cold War and later a car park was built over it. It had been filled with concrete by the East Germans.
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