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Führer Headquarters "Wolfsschanze"

"Wolfsschanze" was the codename of one of the Fuhrer headquarters in Europe and stood near Kętrzyn, in northeast Poland. Plans for the construction of this bunker complex was made in the autumn of 1940. About 2,000 persons worked and lived here in the period 1941-1944. The "Wolfsschanze" became famous because of the failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler at this place on 20 July 1944. The dictator was only slightly wounded.

Adolf Hitler's first visit to " Wolfsschanze" was in the night of 23 June 1941 and would spend more than 800 days of his live in this complex. He departed for the last time on 20 November 1944 and would never return again. The complex was blown up in the night of 24 on 25 January 1945 with tons of TNT, but many of the bunkers were so thick that their damaged walls and ceilings remain. The red army arrived 2 days later without putting up a fight

"Wolfsschanze" today:
Hitler’s personal security headquarters building is currently in use as hotel and restaurant and the bunker complex itself is one big open-air museum.

For current visiting hours, please visit the website of the museum.

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  • Text: Kaj Metz
  • Photos: Maarten Slot

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