In Clint Eastwood’s film,The 15:17 to Paris, there is a scene where the three Americans are in a Berlin museum. The tour guide tells them that Adolf Hitler killed himself in Berlin surrounded by the Soviets, and the three are quite surprised – they thought it was the U.S. Army that had surrounded Hitler. “You Americans can’t take the credit every time evil is defeated!” the guidereplies, and he’s right. The U.S., as well Britain and other Allied nations invested much in defeating Nazism, but it was the Red Army who captured Berlin and caused Hitler’s suicide. Here is how it happened. Underground fortress The Führerbunker near the Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Getty Images In early spring 1945, Hitler faced a dire situation with the Soviets closing in on Germany’s capital from the east, and U.S.-British forces advancing from the west. The net was closing, but the ruthless Nazi leader didn’t want to … [Read more...] about Why did the Red Army fail to capture Hitler in his bunker?
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It’s the unofficial beginning of summer, and the rising temperatures mean your social media scroll will soon be overrun with infinity pools in Santorini, the cliff-hugging villages of Cinque Terre, and the blooming lavender fields of Provence. Or, if your friends are especially on-trend, the sunburned terracotta roofs of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. “Croatia is huge,” says Andy Ross, head of product for the 40-year-old adventure travel company Exodus Travels. In recent years, he’s seen the country shift from an up-and-coming destination to a “very, very well-known” quantity. It is now the company’s fastest-growing European market.There’s good reason for that: Croatia has more coastline than Portugal and France combined and more islands than the Maldives. Annual visitors to the country now quadruple the country’s population of 4.2 million.But the surge in visitation has become controversial. … [Read more...] about Forget Croatia: Why You Need to Visit The ‘Real’ Balkans
Some 200 miles from Berlin, a network of underground tunnels designed to protect Adolf Hitler’s plan for a Third Reich, lays hidden in the Polish countryside. Nicknamed the ‘Regenwurmlager,’ or Camp Earthworm, the fortification conceals an eerie set of subterranean buildings once used as training facilities for soldiers and as a storage lock-up for Nazi armaments. READ MORE: ‘Everything within 400 yards was incinerated’: Dresden survivor recalls hellish WWII attack (PHOTOS) The elaborate chain of passageways was part of a defense system devised by the Nazi German government in the 1930s, located in a former Prussian-controlled area of Poland. New footage of the reinforced concrete base reveals the lengths to which the Nazis went to maintain their war effort. On the surface green gun pillboxes are the clearest sign that a base exists in the area. But signs found within the 100km-long network show that dedicated media and weapons rooms were also … [Read more...] about ‘Camp Earthworm’: Tour the labyrinthine Nazi bunker designed to hide Hitler’s troops (VIDEO)
Eventually, after waving my hand around in the dark a bit, I feel the fork - mistakenly grabbing it food end first. I taste the morsel and come to the conclusion that it's avocado. We're dining in the dark at a restaurant in Berlin - literally in the pitch black. Our waiter Hedi led us to our table - he is blind, so uses his other senses for orientation. I feel totally disorientated. I can hear the clink of plates and glasses, and people chatting and laughing. I had expected my eyes would adjust to some sort of twilight after the first few minutes, but when they don't and everything remains in total darkness, it feels a bit claustrophobic. Hedi helps me sit into the chair and puts my hands on my cutlery and drinking glass. Pouring my bottled water into the glass is a comedy. When my first course arrives, it's two chicken skewers - not too taxing to eat in the dark, but I have to keep feeling the skewers to check I've eaten everything. Our main courses are trickier to get to grips … [Read more...] about Off the beaten track Berlin: From dive bars to dining in the dark
Jennifer and Carlo were in Lima, almost a year ago, when they heard about Berghain for the first time. Daniel, a German guy they had met there, told them about it. Jennifer had wanted to take some time off, and Peru was the second stop on their trip around the world. She was an attorney at a large law firm in Los Angeles that specialized in procedural law. She earned hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, but didn't like the work at the big law firm, which felt like an assembly line. She got out for a year, at least for starters. Carlo had a part-time day job at a startup he ran with his brother in Los Angeles. Jennifer was writing a novel set in the financial world. She didn't show Carlo what she was writing, but he didn't care whether the book was ever published or not. He just wanted Jennifer to be happy. The couple planned to take a year-long break before starting a family. They had been married for four years and had a joint apartment. They wanted to take the next step, as … [Read more...] about A Death in Berlin: Deafening Silence After Overdose at Berghain