It was the best museum on this trip!

This is an original air raid bunker constructed during WWII converted into a museum. There are 2 museums here but most people are here for Hitler – How could it happen?

Entrance fee is €12 but with the Berlin Welcome Card, it’s a reduced price of €9. Cloakroom and lockers are free of charge here but audio guides are chargeable at €1.50 and I highly recommend it.

No photos are allowed throughout the entire exhibition so not many photos to show. But it was the best museum this trip! It was a very detailed recount of Hitler, from his birth to his participation in WWI and then him leading WWII, his extremism thoughts and eventually his death. With lots of photos, documents and even video clips and never heard before stories/information about him. Never knew he was such a great painter and that his charm when we spoke was due to his love for theatre, that of Richard Wagner’s. There seem to be a positive correlation between a love for the arts and psycho leaders. Ludwig II was also a lover of the arts, theater especially.

Some never before seen photos on display was heartwrenching, like the one with a naked woman, carrying her naked toddler, amongst a group of women walking towards a mass grave where I suppose they were eventually killed and buried. The whole ideology of conquering the world, the holocaust and gas chambers being an efficient way of mass killing, is just so warped. Really, why? Why Hitler? How could this happen? And I think walking thru this bunker has this chilling effect as one walks thru the exhibit.

They even recreated the living room area where Hitler killed himself. He died in another bunker but the one on display is exactly the same size, with all the furniture placed in the exact orientation as well. And he’s so determined to die he tested the poison pill on his beloved dog and watch it die before killing himself. I wonder if anyone really ever knew what was going thru his mind.

I’m just so glad I wasn’t born in that era. And like the purpose of this showcase, hopefully this reminds us all of the atrocities so that such events won’t happen to anyone ever, again.

The audio guide was a great help but despite so, I couldn’t finish the exhibition in full detail in 1.5 hrs. But I’ve got a flight to catch so in the end I bought the book and shall have to catch up thru reading.

Jane, master of all trades
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