Hitler's Eastern Headquarter: The Wolf's Lair
45' (GER, ENG subs)
Nazi delusions preserved in concrete – a place shrouded in mystery and a symbol for the horror of the Nazi regime.
Like colossal tombs they rise above the Masurian Woods: the mossy concrete structures which once housed Hitler’s military headquarters in World War II. The Wolf’s Lair was the largest of the so-called “Früher headquarters” in WWII. Approximately 2000 persons were stationed in there and they were organised as would a small city. The Wolf's Lair marks not only the strategic commence of Hitler’s invasion into the Soviet Union in 1941, it is also the place where a few brave men tried to end the darkest chapter of German history but did not succeed.
Year after year, curious tourists make the trip to Kretzyn, Rastenburg in Poland, located in what used to be East Prussia, to view the former “Wolf’s Lair”. The visitors of today stand fascinated before the concrete structures and reflect on history. This place was once cloaked in such secrecy that several rumours and legends were circulated about this mysterious military base.
The documentary tells the story of its clandestine construction from the perspective of military personnel and former residents of the state. It also describes the power structure of the National Socialist state during the campaign against Russia. The Wolf’s Lair was a not only a military situation centre for the General of Germany’s army, it was where the NS leaders discussed and made major decisions that led to the an inevitably catastrophic end. The decision to eradicate the Jews was discussed here with SS leaders Himmler and Heydrich. It was also in the Wolf’s Lair that Goebbels presented the ideas for the war. Last but not least it is a place, where one can understand Hitler’s farcical decisions and his sense of obfuscation while trapped in isolation in the bunkers of the facility.
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Pictures © RBB, Bundesarchiv, Heinrich Hoffmann, Honza Groh
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