The Fuehrerbunker in 1995


Well, what did you expect? In the summer of 1946, the Russians leveled the chancellery and blew up the bunker with high expolosives. The remains of the bunker lie under the weed-grown mound shown in this photograph. The chancellery gardens are now a flat field of gravel. The whole area is enclosed with a chain-link fence.
(Editor's note 9/22/96: Some readers have remarked that the Russians did not obliterate the Bunker in 1946. This is true, although they did blow up the various surface structures [e.g. the tower, exhaust and ventilation stacks] and entry and exit ways, etc. It is really rather hard to "blow up" a massive bomb-proof concrete structure that is 50 feet underground, unless you're willing to tolerate an enormous explosion, and thus some of the underground portions still survive. The sentence "The remains of the bunker lie under the weed-grown mound shown in this photograph" was intended to imply this.)



Truly, this is a monument to human folly. Or, more precisely, to Russian folly. Had the Russians preserved the bunker, they could have made it the anchor point for a huge Hitlerland amusement part that would have attracted gawkers from around the world, and earned them badly-needed hard currency.


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