Sub titled: Photo Documentation: till 1933, 1933-1945, 1945-today
Lavishly illustrated from black and white photographs in three sections: up until 1933 + 1933 to 1945
and 1945 to today. Text in German, English, French throughout.
- 168 pages
- multi language; deutsch, english, francais
In fine condition.
All pages are complete and tight in the binding.
Approx/Measurements: 7 3/4" x 8" ~1 lbs.
Published by: Verlag Penk, Berchtesgaden ~1976
The Berghof was Adolf Hitler's home in the Obersalzberg of the Bavarian Alps near Berchtesgaden, Germany.
The Berghof was developed in stages from a much smaller house, named "Haus Wachenfeld". "Haus Wachenfeld" was a vacation home built by a businessman from Buxtehude, Otto Winter. Winter's widow originally rented the house to Hitler for 100 reichsmarks in 1928. In 1933 Hitler was eventually able to purchase the house with funds he received through the sale of his political book Mein Kampf. The site is breathtakingly scenic. The valley below appears by illusion to be a lake almost at one's feet. It was located lower down the same mountain as the Kehlsteinhaus, or Eagles Nest, which Hitler rarely visited due to his fear of heights. A large complex of mountain homes for the Nazi leadership (along with many buildings for their security and support staff) was constructed nearby.
The Berghof's great room featured a picture window which could be lowered into the wall below, opening the space to the outdoors and sweeping mountain view. Hitler considered the Berghof his home. He and Eva Braun spent much time there during the 1930s and his last known visit was in July 1944.
Severe damage was inflicted on the Berghof during an RAF bombing raid on April 25, 1945. The Berghof was set on fire on May 4, 1945 by retreating SS guards as the Allies approached and the contents were reportedly looted by Allied soldiers and officers.
The Berghof was connected to the Platterhof Hotel by a series of complex bunkers deep in the mountain, a superb example of underground engineering built at great speed and powered by a subterranean engine like the one remaining at the Eagle's Nest. The government of Bavaria gradually destroyed or buried almost every trace of the Berghof and the site is now overgrown with evergreen trees. The Hotel Platterhof, where many Nazi officers stayed while visiting Hitler, has also been destroyed. Some of the underground structures can be toured from the new German Documentation Center as well as the old Zum Türken Hotel which borders the complex of ruins. By 2005 Berchtesgaden, with its spectacular scenery, had been largely redeveloped for the tourist industry.
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