Jan 16, 1945: Hitler Descends Into His Bunker

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On this day, Adolf Hitler takes to his underground bunker, where he remains for 105 days until he commits suicide.

Last photograph of Adolf Hitler while alive

Hitler retired to his bunker after deciding to remain in Berlin for the last great siege of the war. Fifty-five feet under the chancellery (Hitler’s headquarters as chancellor), the shelter contained 18 small rooms and was fully self-sufficient, with its own water and electrical supply. He left only rarely (once to decorate a squadron of Hitler Youth) and spent most of his time micromanaging what was left of German defenses and entertaining Nazi colleagues like Hermann Goering, Heinrich Himmler, and Joachim von Ribbentrop. Constantly at his side during this time were his companion, Eva Braun, and his Alsatian, Blondi.

On April 29, Hitler married Eva in their bunker hideaway. Eva Braun met Hitler while working as an assistant to Hitler’s official photographer. Braun spent her time with Hitler out of public view, entertaining herself by skiing and swimming. She had no discernible influence on Hitler’s political career but provided a certain domesticity to the life of the dictator. Loyal to the end, she refused to leave the bunker even as the Russians closed in.

Only hours after they were united in marriage, both Hitler and Eva committed suicide. Warned by officers that the Russians were only about a day from overtaking the chancellery and urged to escape to Berchtesgarden, a small town in the Bavarian Alps where Hitler owned a home, the dictator instead chose to take his life. Both he and his wife swallowed cyanide capsules (which had been tested for their efficacy on his “beloved” dog and her pups). For good measure, he shot himself with his pistol.

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2 comments on “Jan 16, 1945: Hitler Descends Into His Bunker
  1. Alejandra Coffey says:

    .. ..Many people have tried and failed to accurately portray or document the final hours of Adolf Hitler. According to the Berlin-based daily Berliner Zeitung a survivor from Hitlers Berlin stronghold has decided to break her silence over what she saw and heard in the final days of the Third Reich. .. ..Erna Flegel a 93-year-old claims to have been the Nazi leaders nurse at the end of World War II and to have been in his bunker when Hitler took his own life… ..Under the headline I was Hitlers nurse Flegel tells a fascinating and tragic story of how she provided medical treatment to Hitler and his inner circle from 1943 until the Nazi leadership gave up their dogged resistance and hope in the face of the advancing Red Army and Allied forces two years later.

  2. dreager14 says:

    “Hitler was a British agent”-Greg Hallett
    The author in conjunction with “honest” secret agents have revealed the real truth. Hitler had up to 18 Dopplegangers (lookalikes) one of whom was the actual “Hitler body” in the bunker. The real life 007 , Ian Fleming, welcomed the Junkers 88 plane at Barcelona Spain.Thereafter Hitler actually lived in Spain at a high mountain resort working as a groundskeeper until his death/murder in 1956.
    The book is a fascinating read:
    http://www.greghallett.com/

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