Führerbunker

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The Führerbunker was an air raid shelter located near the Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. It was part of a subterranean bunker complex constructed in two phases in 1936 and 1944. It was the last of headquarters used by Adolf Hitler during World War II. Hitler took up residence in there on 16 January 1945 and it became the centre of National Socialist Germany. Hitler committed suicide there on 30 April 1945, with Berlin surrendering shortly afterwards.

After the war, both the old and new Chancellery buildings were leveled by the Soviets, as part of the attempts to destroy anything associated with National Socialist Germany. The East German government further destroyed the ruins by demolitions. The bunker largely survived, likely because its construction, not being seen publicly, and being close to the Berlin Wall. More recently, the German government has destroyed, filled in, or sealed more parts. Furthermore, the construction of the buildings in the area around the Führerbunker was a strategy for ensuring the surroundings remained anonymous and unremarkable. The emergency exit point for the Führerbunker (which had been in the Chancellery gardens) was occupied by a car park. The only visible sign remaining is a small information board found at the corner of two small streets.

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