For this week we read a lot of interesting stuff, but what really interested me most was the short bit that we read about Hitler’s Bunker, which made me want to look a little bit more into information about this Bunker and what else I would be able to find. I personally found Hitler’s Bunker to be, for lack of a better word, cowardly. I found this to be cowardly because Hitler was so empowered by greatness and wanted to be all-powerful, but was not able to withstand the consequences of his downfall of his less than successful “empire.” In the Spielvogel reading, it was remarked that Hitler spent his days in the Bunker arrange and rearranging armies as if it would make a difference at that point in the war (Spielvogel 215). When reading this, I remembered back to when we read earlier in the semester how Hitler spent his time making up plans for the city of Vienna to rebuild and readjust their housing problem. Hitler seemed to have love making up scenarios in his head that he was making a difference, and as if these scenarios would eventually come to be true. Hitler and his wife of a day, Eva Braun committed suicide in the Bunker, and Hitler made his will and political testament as well in the Bunker as to who would be his successor (Spielvogel 216). Hitler made sure to include his racial obsession and how unworthy the Germans were because they had failed their leader (Spielvogel 216).
So since I wanted to find out a little bit more about Hitler’s Bunker, I did a little searching and found that this year, Top Secret, an interactive spy museum in Germany plans on making a recreated Fuhrerbunker, and hope to persuade the Lubyanka archive in Moscow to lend exhibits, such as: Hitler’s jawbone, Hitler’s gold Nazi Party badge that he presented to Magda Goebbels, and Eva Braun’s silver hand mirror (Beevor). This I found particularly interesting, and according to Beevor no portraits of Hitler will be portrayed and under German law no one can display a swastika (Beevor). I just wanted to see what some of you felt, or what you think about Hitler’s recreated bunker and if it is distasteful or not.
Beevor, Anthony. “Anyone for a day out at Hitler’s Bunker?” The Telegraph. February 19, 2015. Accessed October 28, 2015. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/11420505/Anyone-for-a-day-out-at-Hitlers-bunker.html.
Spielvogel, Jackson J. Hitler and Nazi Germany: A History. Boston: Pearson, 2014.
Image: Wikipedia. Created in 1947. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Führerbunker#/media/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-V04744,_Berlin,_Garten_der_zerstörte_Reichskanzlei.jpg