Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
What happened to Hitler, pp. 74-76 PDF (756.7 KB)
smashed. Architects estimate it will take 12 years to tear down and remove the rubble and another 25 years to reconstruct. Familiar landmarks such as the Kaiserhof Hotel, Wertheim's Department Store, Anhauser Railroad Station-are all obliterated. This vicinity is still mined and full of booby-traps. We are warned to be cautious. What Happened to Hitler At Hitler's Chancellery offices-completely smashed-a Russian guard (small Mongolian type; looked about 15 years of age) stopped us. When we gave him a few cigarettes he passed us in. The roof was completely gone. The rain fell on the walls of pink Italian marble. Everything was in shambles. Hitler's large desk was overturned and its marble top smashed. We observed warnings and looked overhead for falling masonry and girders. Pete Huss, the INS correspondent most familiar with the build- ing, took us to Hitler's private office, showed us where the Rome- Berlin-Tokyo Axis was signed in the ambassador's room. Here we saw the ruins of beautiful crystal chandeliers hanging from a wall. Went through Hitler's private offices and walked out into adjoining gardens. Huss warned us to follow closely behind him, as the gardens had been mined-two Germans were killed there last week by booby traps. We carefully followed Huss to two large pill-boxes. There we came to the entrance to Hitler's under- ground air-raid shelter. Huss displayed a map drawn for him by Hitler's chauffeur, whom he had recognized and picked up on a street in southern Germany. The chauffeur vowed that Hitler unmistakably com- mitted suicide just before the surrender of Berlin. The chauffeur drew for Huss a complete diagram of Hitler's air-raid shelter. The man confessed Hitler had said he would never allow his body to be displayed in Moscow Red Square as a museum piece. 74
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