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Museum to recreate site of Hitler's suicide

The Top Secret Spy Museum in Oberhausen, Germany, will open the display in the summer.

By Ed Adamczyk

OBERHAUSER , Germany, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A German museum plans to construct a replica of the Berlin bunker where Adolf Hitler spent his last days.

The Top Secret Spy Museum in Oberhausen, near Germany's border with the Netherlands and 287 miles from Berlin, plans to reconstruct five rooms of the Fuhrerbunker, where Hitler hid in 1945 as Russian troops advanced on Berlin at the end of World War II. He was married there, to his longtime companion Eva Braun; the two committed suicide the following day.

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Museum director Ingo Mersmann said five rooms of the small underground fortress, where Hitler and huis entourage lived from January to April 1945, would be ready for viewing by the summer. He told the German news website TheLocal:

"We want this to be an educational experience so that families or groups of school kids can see how it really was: To experience the tiny rooms and the dampness of the bunker. We want to recreate it to show people. We are doing so very carefully and with sensitivity. We certainly don't want to recreate a place for the misguided people who still see him as a hero to come as a pilgrimage. We are planning against that."

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The museum advertises itself as family-friendly and interactive, and includes artifacts including Cold War memorabilia, and items from espionage fiction, such as props from James Bond films.

The original bunker was overtaken by Russian troops in 1945 after word of Hitler's death became known. It was destroyed in 1947, and is now covered by a parking lot. A small informational sign at the site, showing the bunker's schematic plan and offering several facts, is the only acknowledgement of its history.

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