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Berghof in Berchtesgaden

On 25 April 1945, five days before Hitler's suicide, four-engine bombers of the British Royal Air Force attacked the Berghof and its surroundings. However, the Berghof itself was only slightly damaged. On 4 May 1945, allied troops occupied Berchtesgaden without a fight. The occupation of the Obersalzberg was so prestigious that American and French units competed for it. Before the arrival of the victorious powers, SS men had set fire to the damaged Berghof, and the population also looted the building. According to Guido Knopp, in May 1945 a team of the former U. S. military secret service CIC inter alia also detained Hitler's sister Paula Hitler, who had hid near the mountain station.

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  • 20:07
  • 4 May 1945
  • Color

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