Ber­lin mu­seum recre­ates Hitler bunker

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY TOBY AXELROD

ADOLF HITLER’S fi­nal bunker was de­stroyed and buried for­ever, but a full­size replica now ex­ists in Ber­lin, in­tended as a mon­u­ment to the down­fall of the Nazi regime.

The model of the bunker is the con­tro­ver­sial cen­tre­piece of a new pri­vate mu­seum, named “How Could it Hap­pen?”, which opened this spring in a for­mer air raid shel­ter close to the lo­ca­tion where Hitler killed him­self in 1945.

The his­to­ri­ans be­hind the mu­seum say they have been ac­cused of build­ing a “Hitler Dis­ney” but coun­tered that the mu­seum is in­tended to ad­dress wor­ry­ing ig­no­rance as to the re­al­i­ties of the Nazi regime, and to show the depths to which a civ­i­liza­tion in the thralls of a dic­ta­tor­ship can fall.

Enno Lenze, a guide and board mem­ber of the mu­seum, told the Times that he had fre­quently been asked ques­tions demon­strat­ing low aware­ness of is­sues re­lated to the Third Re­ich.

“A com­mon ques­tion we get is why the Jews fi­nanced Hitler even though he was against them,” Mr Lenze said. “An­other… is who drove the Nazis into the bunkers to gas them. Those ques­tions came from teach­ers.”

Wieland Giebel, the mu­seum’s de­signer and cu­ra­tor, de­fended the painstak­ing recre­ation of the bunker.

“This room is where the crimes ended, where ev­ery­thing ended, so that’s why we’re show­ing it,” Mr Giebel told Reuters.

The mu­seum, which took four months to build and cost a re­ported €1.3 mil­lion, tells Hitler’s com­plete life story.

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

The repli­cated bunker as seen in the mu­seum

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