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Inside His Bunker*

Posted by on May. 2, 2010 at 3:52 PM
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Eva Braun und Adolf Hitler auf dem Berghof
Photographie
1944/45
DHM, Berlin

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WWII: Inside Hitler's Bunker
 
 
 
Berlin, 1945: Dead City

Berlin, 1945: Dead City

In April, 1945, as Russian and German troops fought -- savagely, street-by-street -- for control of the German capital, it became increasingly clear that the Allies would win the war in Europe. Not long after the two-week battle ended, 33-year-old LIFE photographer William Vandivert was on the scene, photographing Berlin's devasted landscape. Hundreds of thousands perished in the Battle of Berlin -- including untold numbers of civilian men, women, and children -- while countless more were left homeless in the ruins. But it was two particular deaths -- that of Hitler and his longtime companion and (briefly) wife, Eva Braun -- in a sordid underground bunker on April 30, 1945, that truly signaled the end of the Third Reich. Here, LIFE.com presents never-before-published images from both the bunker itself, and the decimated city beyond its concrete walls. Above: A never-before-published photograph of a main street in central Berlin, Oberwallstrasse, where some of the most bitter fighting between Nazi and Soviet troops took place.
 

Photo: William Vandivert

Apr 23, 2010
 

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