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September 21, 2015

Hitler’s mountain retreat

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:12 am
The Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat

The Berghof, Hitler’s mountain retreat

Today, I read a news article here, which had the following quote:

On March 16, 1941 – with European cities ablaze and Jews being herded into ghettos – The New York Times Magazine featured an illustrated story on Adolf Hitler’s retreat in the Berchtesgaden Alps.

The ruins of the Berghof after it was bombed by the British

The ruins of the Berghof after it was bombed by the British

The news article continues with the following quote:

Begin quote:

But once Hitler became chancellor – and particularly after the royalties from Mein Kampf made him a wealthy man – he focused considerable energies on the redesign and furnishing of his residences: the Old Chancellery in Berlin; his Munich apartment; and the Berghof, his mountain home on the Obersalzberg.

The timing of these renovations in the mid-1930s coincided with Hitler’s public makeover as a statesman and diplomat, a transformation also promoted by Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda films.

The rough edges of the extreme anti-Semite and agitator of the masses were sanded away through the creation of a new, sophisticated persona that emerged in carefully crafted domestic surroundings. With silk curtains and porcelain vases, Hitler’s designers suggested an internal world that was both cultivated and peaceful.

Gerdy Troost, Hitler’s interior decorator, played an important role in conveying an image of her client as a man of taste and culture. Inspired by British design reform movements, she emphasized quality of materials and craftsmanship over showy display.

End quote

A room in the Berghof

A room in the Berghof

Large picture window at the Berghof

Large picture window at the Berghof

American soldiers stand at the ruins of the picture window

American soldiers stand at the ruins of the picture window

Hitler strolling with his dogs in the mountains

Hitler strolling with his dogs in the mountains

Hitler feeding tame deer at his mountain retreat

Hitler feeding tame deer at his mountain retreat

On April 25, 1945, the British bombed the Nazi homes on the Obersalzberg, including Hitler’s home called the Berghof. The bombed-out ruins of Hitler’s former residence were completely razed to the ground by the Bavarian government in 1952 at the request of the U.S. Army.

The Berchtesgaden area was occupied by American troops shortly before the war ended on May 8, 1945. The Obersalzberg was turned into a recreational area for the American troops that occupied Germany after the war. After 50 years of American occupation, the Obersalzberg was given back to Germany in 1995.

To this day, many Americans are confused by the names Berghof and Eagle’s Nest, which are two separate places. The Berghof was located on a plateau called the Obersalzberg which is on the route to the top of the Kehlstein, the mountain where Hitler’s tea house, called the Eagle’s Nest, was built in 1938. To add to the confusion, Hitler had another tea house, called Mooslahnerkopf, which was a short walk from the Berghof. The German name for the Eagle’s Nest is Kehlsteinhaus, which means house on Kehlstein mountain.

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The “Eagle’s Nest” which Hitler rarely visited

View of the Eagle's Nest from the north side

View of the Eagle’s Nest from the north side

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  1. Latest breaking news, 91 year old lady charged in Germany with being a radio operator at Auschwitz in 1944 and therefore an accessory in 150,000 murders. The other main news item is the wonderful welcome the 20,000 a day new Germans are receiving from NGOs , and other organisations involved in the endloesung of the German people.
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    Comment by peter — September 21, 2015 @ 1:08 pm

  2. It’s always been my impression that the Berghof was destroyed due to little more than spite — the Allies inflated its importance in order to justify risking men’s lives to bomb and destroy it. But the motive was mainly spite. In the end it probably would’ve been destroyed anyway during the Entnazifizierung of Germany after the war ended — in general such things were ruthlessly destroyed rather than risk them becoming a pilgrimage site later on. I’m a little surprised the house where Hitler was born has been allowed to stand.

    Comment by eah — September 21, 2015 @ 10:19 am

    • Das sogenannte Adolf-Hitler-Geburtshaus (auch Hitler-Geburtshaus) befindet sich in der oberösterreichischen Stadt Braunau am Inn, ist in der Salzburger Vorstadt 15 gelegen und steht unter Denkmalschutz.

      Not only does the house were Hitler was born still stand, it is an officially protected building — “steht unter Denkmalschutz”.

      Comment by eah — September 21, 2015 @ 10:24 am

    • Funny you should mention the house where Hitler was born. I wrote about it on my website at http://scrapbookpages.com/BraunauAmInn/index.html

      I also wrote about the house where Hitler lived when he was a boy: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Leonding/Leonding03.html

      While I was photographing both of these places, German citizens walked by and smiled at me with approval, although they would not go near these houses themselves.

      Comment by furtherglory — September 21, 2015 @ 10:28 am

    • While young Germans lost their life or their health at the battlefront Hitler stood in this confortable house making love with Eva Braun.

      Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — September 21, 2015 @ 12:25 pm

      • Wolf, Hitler arrived at his eastern front headquarters Wolfsschanze the day after the attack on the Soviet Union began. And from that day until the end of the war, he spent the vast majority of his time there. It was a notoriously uncomfortable place — cold in winter, full of mosquitoes in summer, very simple, basic furnishings in gloomy, windowless, dark concrete bunkers, few comforts — people who had to work there hated it. Hitler lived a spartan life during the war — he was not materially corrupt like Göring.

        Comment by eah — September 21, 2015 @ 1:47 pm

      • Wolf, I have to side with eah on this one. Except for brief stops in Berlin and the occasional trip to Berghof Hitler did spend most of his time at the Wolf’s Lair losing I mean directing the war against the Soviet Union. I also believe he did fly out to the Ukraine on occasion and he did go to a few other places but most of his time was spent in East Prussia.
        I don’t think Eva Braun was ever allowed at his headquarters, Hitler wanted to keep their relationship secret. I could be wrong about this so if anyone knows of an occasion she was there let me know.
        I never understood why the Germans would build Hitler’s headquarters in such a miserable place. Hitler actually became sick with dysentery in August of 1941 which may help explain why he redirected his armor to attack Kiev instead of Moscow in August of 1941. I don’t think that really makes sense strategically but what do I know, I’m not a brilliant war lord like Adolph Hitler.

        Comment by HCW — September 21, 2015 @ 2:28 pm

        • HCW and eah! In the years 1941, 42, 43 the famous TISCHGESPRAECHE – Dinnerconversations – of Hitler had been registred. These dinners certainly did not tale place at the Wolf Schanze, He met several foreign visitors exactly at Berghof. Clearly the exact timetable of his staying at Wolfschanze, Berghof, Berlin or elwhere had been a well guarded secret.

          Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — September 21, 2015 @ 11:26 pm

          • Furthglory!. It is noteworthy that in March 1941 when many Jews already dead in the overcrowded Polish Ghettoes on deseases or simply on starvation the New York Times Magazine thought it right to pubblish such an article. This is consistent whith the way that paper handled in 1943 the first allarming news about Nazi actions against the Jews; the matter had been pubblished among the minor news at one of the last pages. The New York Times belongs to the same Establishment which after war end blamed Jewish Leaders – almost all martyrs – of persecuted comunities for not having opposed resistance or so. Many thanks for this information.

            Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — September 22, 2015 @ 1:35 am

            • I saw something that said Churchill knew more about the holocaust,than what he said he did. Now I find out the Times ran an article about the ghetto. If they ran an article about the ghetto,wouldn’t that send up some red flags somewhere along the line? I mean you’ve got people crammed into a small space,dropping like flies,isn’t someone going to question that? I saw a picture that looked like a walkway going from one side of the ghetto to the other. I’m guessing so people that needed to get from point A to point B,didn’t have to walk through the ghetto ( not that they’d be able to do that anyway). If they are walking across their,couldn’t they see the conditions of the ghetto somewhat and question it.

              Comment by Tim — October 2, 2015 @ 7:51 pm

              • I mentioned the walkway across the Warsaw ghetto on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/USHMM/Exterior.html
                On the page of my website, cited above, I show a photo of a glass-enclosed walkway across the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

                I think that the reason for the walkway in the ghetto was so that the non-Jews would not be exposed to the diseases in the ghetto.

                Begin quote from my website:

                “To the right of the tower, as shown in the photo above, is a glass enclosed walkway which looks somewhat like the open wooden walkways which were put over some of the streets of the Warsaw and Lodz ghettos in Poland so that non-Jews could pass through the ghetto on the streetcar, or walk on the street below without having to come in contact with the Jews. There are two more glass walkways on the west side of the building on the third and second floors. The Nazis initially isolated the Polish Jews in walled ghettos because they believed that the Jews were carriers of contagious diseases.”

                Comment by furtherglory — October 3, 2015 @ 11:34 am

                • Okay so the non Jews that used the walkway,could clearly see what was taking place in the ghetto every time they crossed it. How come the allies never insisted that they take a tour of the camps.

                  Comment by Tim — October 7, 2015 @ 10:18 pm

          • Funny to see you bring “Hitler’s table talks” on here, as every quote about Jews in that work debunks the exterminationist version of the ‘Holocaust’, wolfie.

            Comment by hermie — September 22, 2015 @ 2:53 am

            • hermie! Here the subject is where the table talks of Hitler took place. At any rate I have read the book about it so I cannot answer Your objection.

              Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — September 22, 2015 @ 7:21 am

              • wolf: “At any rate I have read the book about it so I cannot answer Your objection.”

                I guess you meant “I haven’t read the book”.

                You can find it in pdf online and go through it quickly by searching the word “Jew” in that book if you don’t feel like reading the whole thing.

                Comment by hermie — September 22, 2015 @ 7:35 am

          • These dinners certainly did not tale place at the Wolf Schanze

            Yes they did Wolf — very many of them did.

            Comment by eah — September 22, 2015 @ 6:07 am

            • eah! Certainly not those where Hitler delivered his hour long talks.

              Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — September 22, 2015 @ 7:23 am

              • Wolf, Hitler was known for droning on and on about many subjects and thoroughly boring his audience to tears. This generally happened after dinner and could continue for most of the night. This happened wherever he was, in his headquarters, at the Berghof, etc. Hitler was a well read man but I imagine it got pretty old after awhile. I almost feel sorry for his entourage.

                Comment by HCW — September 22, 2015 @ 7:46 am

      • I don’t think hitler could get it up wolfman. She was on the wrong side. She was in love with an asshole,but damn! Eva was a stone cold fox ! Hitler was an idiot. I don’t give a damn about his reasons for not wanting to be seen with Eva,but she was top notch “arm candy”. I know that’s a sexist remark,but I don’t care. She’d be with me wherever I went. Don’t let her off the leash for nothing. I don’t see how the hell he missed that. He’s an idiot for not having her within arms reach 24/7. F**k what kraut citizens thought.

        Comment by Tim — September 21, 2015 @ 8:35 pm

        • She was very pretty but from I understand not very smart.

          Comment by HCW — September 22, 2015 @ 7:48 am

          • She was uneducated but we don’t know her IQ. She was doing photography, which takes some intelligence; she was also taking movie film, so she wasn’t an idiot.

            Comment by furtherglory — September 22, 2015 @ 8:16 am

        • Tim, Hitler had an image to uphold so he couldn’t be seen cavorting about with someone he wasn’t married to.
          Hitler did seem fond of her. From what I understand he worried about her when she was late coming back for walks, etc.
          From what I understand they had a normal sex life, at least until Hitler got older and became sick. I read that Eva, upon seeing a picture of Hitler and Chamberlain sitting on a couch, giggled to a girlfriend about the “goings on” that happened on the couch.

          Comment by HCW — September 22, 2015 @ 1:19 pm

          • I heard somewhere he had to maintain a “father of Germany ” appearance . People would know Germany was the only woman in his life. She’s still the arm candy deluxe though. Just bad taste in men I guess.

            Comment by Tim — October 12, 2015 @ 2:30 am

      • I don’t think hitler could get it up. All the drugs he was on.

        Comment by Tim — October 7, 2015 @ 10:20 pm

        • Hitler was actually pretty healthy until the war started. A combination of stress, long hours, lack of excercise and sleep plus the drugs Morrell put him on combined to wreck his health. It’s also likely he started to develop Parkinson’s around 1941, there is some indication he started to develop the tell-tale signs of trembling around that time.
          I think during the 1930’s he was healthy enough to have a relationship with Braun but probably not after the war started.

          Comment by HCW — October 8, 2015 @ 6:01 pm


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