Concerns raised over the renovation of Hitler’s Headquarters in Poland

Concerns raised over the renovation of Hitler’s Headquarters in Poland
Wolf's Lair was Adolf Hitler's first Eastern Front military headquarters in World War II., Photo Credit: Shutterstock

People voice concern over dark tourism, as Hitler’s bunker gets renovated in Poland

OT Staff
August 08 , 2019
01 Min Read

The renovation of Hitler’s bunker is causing a stir amongst people who worry such efforts might turn into a ghoulish amusement park. Located in northeastern Poland, the bunker complex called Wolfsschanze (wolf’s lair) was partially destroyed by the infamous assassination attempt on Hitler. The complex, where Hitler lived for 850 days, had 70 barrack buildings and 50 bunkers, airfields, railway lines and, was home to over 2,000 people. The complex was destroyed and deserted in 1944, right before the arrival of the Red Army. Today, the complex is mangled and overrun by nature. Though even without the call for renovation, the memorial site is already a popular destination, attracting over 3,00,000 people every year. The plans of the renovation include upturning of the lair, with new buildings and restaurants cropping up. The complex will then have actors who will re-enact historical events dressed as Nazi Germans. There may also be life-size models of Hitler and those present with him during the assassination attempt. In line with the recent trend of dark tourism, such renovations, if not done with sensitivity, could be insulting and disrespectful to history and the families affected by the Nazi regime. And while some may argue that these sites are important for younger generations to understand the events of the world wars; these sites need to be dealt with tastefully, lest they become merely selfie spots and photo-ops. 

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