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Morrell, Sydney: Among the Nazis. Hitler's 
  hiding place 
_Living Age 352. August 8, 1937. pp.486-487_

     Actually,the Berghof, as Hitler has named is 
mountain home, has undergone a remarkable 
transformation in the last year. Today the 
Berghof is no longer a mountain hut. It has 
become a palatial mansion, able to accommodate 
not merely a couple of guests but forty or more, 
if need be, in large bedrooms, sumptuously 
furnished as in a luxury hotel.

Outside, the appearance has changed to that of an 
ultra-modern mansion, white-washed all over, with 
clean-cut lines and spacious modern windows.

The little mountain road has disappeared. In its 
place has been built a broad, speedy highway 
connecting the Berghof with Munich, 120 miles 
away. Just off this highway, close to the Berghof, 
is a new airfield. A special building has been erected 
to house a branch of the Reich Chancellery. New 
houses have been built for the staff of of officials. 
Barracks have just been finished for Hitler's private 
bodyguard of black-shirted Schutzstaffel men. And 
wings have been added to to the Berghof for Hitler's 
personal secretarial staff.

The whole building consists of two stories, with 
a wooden balcony, with flower boxes all along the 
railings running around the place outside the 
bedrooms. There is an  internal telephone system 
with a telephone in every room. One button is labeled 
simply Der Fuehrer. In theory, any guest can speak 
to Hitler at any moment. In fact, of course, it is not 
quite so simple. Hitler's rooms are strictly separate 
in a wing of their own, so that in his mountain home 
he can remain completely aloof if he wishes to do so. 
And usually he does.

At first,when the Berghof was still a simple mountain 
chalet, Hitler had as house keeper his widowed sister, 
Frau Angela Raubal. Some time ago, however, Frau Raubal 
married a Dresden professor Dr. Martin Hannizsch, and 
she is gone. The service of the Berghof is now completely 
in the hands of white-clad stewards - efficient, 
self-effacing and ubiquitous.

Apart from the luxury inside, the Berghof has become, 
without most people knowing it, an impenetrable fortress. 
At one time it lay directly on the road. The road has been 
diverted 200 yards away and made to dip and bend in such 
a manner that only a small corner of the mansion is ever 
visible from it. The entire mountainside for about eight 
square miles has been fenced in with electrified eight 
feet high, with five strands of barbed wire on top.
       
Inside this estate are other chalets of Nazi leaders, 
including that of General Goering, which is higher 
upthe [sic] mountain. Everything else that used to 
be on this mountainside-scored of peasants' homes 
and a children's sanitarium-has been removed. Dotted 
here and there in thewooded [sic] landscape are little 
turrets, which look quaint, romantic and very Bavarian. 
Actually they are "pill-boxes" - defense posts for the 
bodyguards, and are fortified by machine-guns.

On the roadside also built in the Bavarian style, is a 
log cabin. This guards the heavy gates leading to the 
estate, and from it the sentries have a commanding 
view of all the curves of the road. On the sides of all 
the mountains for miles around the Berghof have been 
stationed antiaircraft guns, which would be able to 
put up such a concentrated barrage that any enemy 
airplane would be brought down. To make doubly 
certain of the Fuehrer's safety, bomb and gas proof 
cellars have been built deep under the Berghof in 
the mountainside.

Morrell, Sydney: Among the Nazis. Hitler's hiding place 
_Living Age #352. August 8, 1937. pp.486-487_

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Morrell, Sydney: Among the Nazis. Hitler's hiding place 
_Living Age 352. August 3, 1937. pp.486-487_


NO one may walk or drive along the road towards the 
Berghof without a special permit, and no motor-cars 
are allowed to stop on the road. And the road is always 
cleared when one of the fast four-wheel-drive cars 
from the; Berghof brings some special guest from 
Munich. Three hours is the average time for this 
journey; the train takes at least three and a half hours.

These special cars, which have been built for safe 
and speedy travel in all kinds of weather, are housed 
in special garages which have been built into the 
mountainside below the Berghof. Above this basement 
level with the rising ground at the back of the mansion 
are the central hall and other social rooms. It was in 
these luxuriously furnished apartments that Hitler 
received Lloyd George and Italy's Foreign Minister, 
Count Ciano. On this floor also is the lofty dining 
room, which opens on to a spacious balcony.

The second floor is entirely taken up by the bedrooms. 
Vases of flowers are in every room, contrasting 
strikingly with the woodwork, stained dark brown in 
the Bavarian style.

In the hanging pine forests of his great estate Hitler 
has come more and more to formulate his policy in 
informal walks and talks. His days are as simple as 
his diet-he is a vegetarian and does not drink or 
smoke-a walk in the morning, the official business, 
an afternoon devoted to his favorite hobby, architecture, 
and an evening around the fireside with his guests, when 
he feels inclined that way.

In architecture Hitler seeks ambitiously to perpetuate 
himself and his epoch in the great modern buildings 
of Germany. In the music and singing of the evenings 
he personally finds his greatest satisfaction.

Children from Berchtesgaden are frequently brought 
up for tea and cakes, to be photographed with the 
Leader patting their heads. But the belief that 
Hitler goes to Berchtesgaden to mix with his 
own kind of people once more no longer has basis 
in fact.The people of the little town rarely see their 
Leader.

Morrell, Sydney: Among the Nazis. Hitler's hiding place 
Living Age 352. August 3, 1937. pp.488

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