Wolf's Lair

Discussion in 'WW2 Battlefields Today' started by dave500, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. dave500

    dave500 Senior Member

    I'm not certain that this New York Time's story can be accessed in the UK.
    If not, please let me know.

    "KETRZYN, Poland — For nearly three years, Hitler commanded the Third Reich from a vast network of bunkers and buildings hidden in the forest here, guiding his genocidal war effort from an encampment called the Wolf’s Lair.

    "But while Poland went to great lengths to preserve the memory of Nazi death camps like Birkenau, the significance of this historic outpost was largely lost. Under lease to a private company, the Wolf’s Lair was transformed into a place to take pottery lessons and play paintball. Although most people still come here for the historic value, there is little in the way of educational materials, and at least one nod to the past is more kitschy than thoughtful: visitors can pose for photos wearing Nazi uniforms.

    "Now, however, the Polish government has decided that the Wolf’s Lair holds valuable history lessons that need to be preserved, especially amid signs that right-wing ideologies of hate and blame are taking root in corners of Europe. As a requirement of issuing a new lease, the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has demanded that the company running the site transform it into a historical and educational destination with detailed outdoor exhibits and a museum."


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  2. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Link works fine Dave. What an extraordinary story.
  3. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Member

    An interesting story. We shall see if anything comes of it. It's good that the lair is remembered.
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  5. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    I once visited the FührerHQ called Felsennest at Bad Münstereifel in the Eifel region. It was used as FHQ from 10 May until 6 June 1940. From this forward HQ Hitler conducted the attack on the West in

    Remnants of this HQ can still be found in the forest on the edge of the small village of Rodert ... just outside Bad Münstereifel. Not much remains of the site and there is no museum or visitor site but still it's impressive from a historical point of view.


    From the Felsennest Hitler first went to Bastogne and from there flew to Paris.
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