In early 1945, Adolf Hitler retreated to an underground bunker and never saw the light of day again. In this sunken lair, he ate, slept, held military briefings and even married Eva Braun. And, yes, he also killed himself there. From 1961 to 1989, the site was screened from Western eyes by the Berlin Wall. In the 70s, the GDR, concerned about would-be fugitives tunneling under the Wall, performed a classified underground survey of the area that almost surely involved inspecting and perhaps further sealing off Hitler's bunker. Even after the Wall came down, reunited Berlin had little appetite for recognizing the site. In 1990, workers clearing the former Hitler Chancellery area stumbled upon a previously unknown part of the bunker complex. It turned out to be the 1,500-square-foot underground facility manned by the Chancellery's elite SS drivers. Yet shortly after this portion's accidental discovery - despite protests from the chief municipal archaeologist - it was sealed up by the city. Still buried beneath German soil today, the bunker lingers as a ghostly reminder of the country's violent past and a tantalizing archaeological window into a world few have ever seen.
It was Hitler’s official residence, office and bunker; from here he planned the war and here it ended with his death – the New Reich Chancellery in Berlin. We approach this infamous place and its history from various perspectives accompanied with startling film footage. These include comprehensive film archive material, faithful and unique 3D animations and discoveries from the Moscow archives. An exciting investigation in central Berlin of what is to this very day, a place of myths, legends and secrets.
In the autumn of 1940, the decision was made by Hitler to construct a base of operations from which Operation Barbarossa could be planned and instigated. This almost impenetrable series of structures, located in the Masurian woods near the town of Rastenburg, welcomed the Fuehrer for the first time on the 23rd June, 1941.