The world's leading documentary about National Socialism and Hitler - in a bunker from the Second World War. How a modern, progressive and cultivated state can sink into barbarism in the shortest possible time, culminating in barely conceivable brutality and genocide. How Hitler's enthusiasm for Hitler came about, how Germany radicalized itself, how the Nazis led the world to its doom, and what became of the "Führer's bunker".
Texts: English, german (in English and DE, FR, ES, IT, NL, DK, RU)
Ticket (inclusive Berlin Story Museum and Audioguides): 15€
Schöneberger Str. 23A, 10963 Berlin
Open from 1. April 2021: 10am to 7pm (last admission 5:30pm)
The documentary "Hitler - how could it happen" covers more than 3,000 square meters over three floors of a former air-raid shelter from 1942. 38 thematic areas provide a comprehensive explanation of this bunker, the terror of the National Socialists, the rise of the party and Hitler's last hideaway, the Hitlerbunker.
How could it happen that so many voted for Hitler? How did he become a Nazi? How did he come to power? How did anti-Semitism lead to concentration camps and the Holocaust?
Why did generals and soldiers go along with it to the end?
The suicide of the dictator Hitler effectively ended the bloodiest war in history.
Texts, photos, films - the documentation is larger than visitors can imagine. The duration of the visit is usually 2-3 hours.
Lausitzer Rundschau "The Israeli ambassador praises: The exhibition is impressive".
Berliner Zeitung "There has not yet been a summarising exhibition on this topic, at best one that showed individual sections. The initiators have worked scientifically, opened up new sources, proceeded systematically and skilfully in design."
B.Z. "The bust of Hitler was made to be smashed immediately. Hitler belongs symbolically on the rubble heap of history"
Radio1 "Really very elaborately done, goes deep and is great!"
The victims of the Nazis
The Nazis murdered six million Jews in the Holocaust. In addition, millions were murdered who opposed the blind hatred of the Nazis, who, in the eyes of the Nazis, loved the wrong person or who were murdered by a Nazi out of boredom. Most countries rejected Jewish refugees. They were often sent back to Nazi Germany, where they were murdered in the extermination camps in a variety of ways. The Nazis denied their atrocities for the rest of their lives:. "I was a humanist all my life. I was actually surprised when I learned about the concentration camps after the war." - Dr. Tobis Portschy, SS, bearer of the "Order of Blood", Deputy Gauleiter of Styria, 1995. The documentation shows extensively the suffering of the victims, their unsuccessful calls for help and the countries that did not want to help. Most of the Nazis survived the end of the Second World War undisturbed.
Hitler - the Itinerary
In the documentation Führerbunker you will find the research station "Hitler - Das Itinerar". You have the opportunity to research and read about the journeys and whereabouts of the dictator Adolf Hitler. Harald Sandner has compiled this data in 25 years of work. The four volumes with a total of 2,432 pages were published by Berlin Story Verlag. It is by far the most comprehensive documentation of Hitler's life.
The most important political, military and personal events, which make the reasons for Hitler's journey, stay or even the simple course of the day comprehensible, are presented directly on the respective day and - as far as they have been handed down - also with the time of day in chronological order. Excursuses about the whereabouts of Hitler's body, his travel habits, his places of residence, the means of transport he used, as well as statistics on the frequency of his visits and stays in selected cities and on the balance of the Second World War complete the work.
Model of the Hitlerbunker
The 1:25 scale model of the Führer Bunker (main bunker) was made for this exhibition by the film architect Monika Bauert after exact research of all available written and oral historical sources. It is the only model of the "Führerbunker".
It was here that Hitler hid out of fear of the liberators of Berlin when he sent children to war. The last person in the bunker was Hannes Hentschel, the caretaker. He wanted to stay because he had to watch the pumps. That was his job. "The garden in front of the bunker looked like a cemetery where the gravediggers are on strike."
Adolf Hitler took his own life. On April 30, 1945, he bit a poison capsule and shot himself in the head.
With his death, the Second World War ended. Hitler killed 70 million people, 55 million of them in Europe. He is responsible for the extermination of the Jews of Europe, 6 million murdered people. He is the greatest mass murderer of all time. The Second World War is still the war with the most dead. It all ended here in this bunker. (More details about Hitlers death...)
You can see the situation in which the dictator and his entourage lived in the "Führer's" bunker at the end of the war, while only one kilometer away in the Hitchhiker Bunker five people per square meter had to live without food, without light and without medical care. The reconstruction shows the place where he finally took his own life.
This critical reconstruction of a room in the bunker where the Third Reich finally came to an end can be seen at the end of the documentary.
You can find more details about "Hitler - How could it happen" on the translated german page