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Hitler’s Bunker, Wilhelmstrasse, Then & Now
Hitler committed suicide 27 feet below this spot on 30 April 1945 as the Red Army closed in, taking the city street by street.
The bunker was destroyed and later the spot became a car park serving these East German blocks of flats.
The cube to the left is the bunker exit, while the structure on the right is the ventilation / guard tower. It is a scene which features heavily in the 2004 film “Downfall”. The ruins beyond are the remains of the Reich Chancellery (for clarity this layer is less opaque than the rest of the old photo used in the composite).
The old photo is from wikipedia commons and was taken in 1947.
The spot where Hitler’s body was burned is just about where this man is walking across the road.
A scene from the very accurate movie ‘Downfall’ where Hitler’s body is burned outside the bunker exit.
Image used with Creative Commons Licence from Chicago Center for Literature and Photography