Adolf Hitler remains as big a drawcard as ever, despite decades of propaganda vilifying him, as the more than 20,000 people who have crammed into a new reconstruction of his bunker in Berlin in the seven weeks since its opening has demonstrated.
The new museum, which is titled the “Berlin Story Bunker,” is privately owned and run by two anti-Nazis, and the exhibit—whose main attraction is an exact recreation of the bunker room in which Hitler committed suicide—is meant to show the “the end of the reign of terror” from the time of Hitler’s return to Berlin on January 16, 1945 to his suicide on April 30, and the unconditional surrender of Germany on May 8, 1945.”
The accompanying documentation and commentary—all of which are highly negative—has not however stopped the crowds from coming and paying the €12 ($14.15) entrance fee.
According to a worried article in the Times of Israel, the museum is “Meant to show the dangers of dictatorship, the exhibit – called “How Could It Happen” – also contains thousands of documents, photos and objects that tell the life story of the Nazi dictator, ending with his suicide.”
Billed as the “world’s largest documentation about Hitler,” it was created in only four months, and cost $1.5 million. It also tells Hitler’s complete life story, using 2,300 images, including 800 that have not been shown in public before.
Their recreated bunker is behind glass and – like the wax figure of Hitler in the nearby Madame Tussauds – is not to be photographed by visitors.
Hitler’s actual underground bunker was destroyed in 1947. Its site is marked by an informational sign. Several civilian bomb shelters-like the one used for this museum—still stand in the city, nearly indestructible by conventional means.