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Hitler's New Hide-away  
...a marvelous new steel and glass eyrie [sic], 
perched like an eagl's [sic] nest on the precipitous 
peak of the Kehlstein.
...The Fuehrer has carved a new retreat for himself 
out of solid rock high above his chalet...It can be 
reached only by a lift-shaft cut through the heart 
of the mountain, the entrance to which is guarded 
as carefully as the gold in the vaults of the Bank 
of England. Every chance he gets he sits up in a 
small glass pavilion, 5.500 feet above sea level, 
looking down on the snow-covered valleys and 
mountains below.
... Berghof did not give the Fuehrer the solitude he 
wanted...
...For months engineers and artisans have worked on 
his scheme. Although it was completed just before 
last September's crisis, the German newspapers have 
not been allowed to publish any details concerning it. 
Not [sic] have his pet photographers been allowed to 
take any pictures of it.
 
Hitler wants no intrepid mountaineers risking their 
lives to shout: "We want to see our Fuehrer" from the 
crags around his new retreat.
 
Every chance he gets, he bolts from Berlin, the 
atmosphere of which makes him nervous. In the 
summer he flies from Munich. In the winter he 
takes hisprivate [sic] train. From Munich his 
powerful Mercedes car races him along his new 
concrete motor-road towards Salzburg. Then along 
the new German Alpine road, hewn out of the rock, 
skirting the German Alps, to Berchtesgaden.
 
He drives up the hill to the Berghof, past his chalet, 
up another five miles over winding mountain roads.
 
If you went with him you would see suddenly in the 
cliff in the cliff face two vast bronze doors. As 
Hitler's car approaches, the doors swing slowly open. 
His car drives through into the vast cave cut at the 
foot of the Kehlstein. It is a hall-like cave, walled 
with unpolished marble, 130 yards long and twenty-
feet broad, with garage space for a number of motor-
cars.

You would go along a tunnel towards the heart of the 
mountain and come suddenly to the lift. It is spacious 
and lined with burnished copper. It has upholstered 
seats of heavy leather... 400 feet to the summit...
 
The retreat itself is only large enough to hold 
eighteen persons comfortably. It is painted white, 
furnished in simple Bavarian peasant style. You 
might feel giddy as you approached the vast window, 
for the pavilion is on the edge of a precipice. It has 
a view on four sides and you would look down the 
mountainous Berchtesgaden district with its snow 
covered mountains and the snow-swept summits 
of the Bavarian Alps all around you.

You would not go hungry in this eyrie. It has every 
comfort. Water is pumped up to it by electricity... 
heat.. kitchen, pantries.

One thing you would be unable to do and that is to 
smoke. Hitler allows no one to smoke in his presence...
 
..There is always the possibility of some madman 
trying to bomb the Nazi leader's Eagle nest from 
the air. So the Berchtesgaden district is protected 
by anti-aircraft batteries as perhaps no other 
district is in all of Germany.
 
There is one other danger- that the lift should 
stop somewhere in its four hundred shaft 
imprisoning the Fuehrer between rock walls. 
And English friend of mine, one of the few foreigners 
who have been invited to the new retreat, was 
shown over the Kehlstein by Hitler. "What would 
happen if the lift stopped?" my friend asked the 
Fuehrer.
 
With a smile Hitler gave the immediate answer. 
"I suppose world history would stop for a couple 
of hours."

-Silkirk Panton, Berlin Correspondent in the Sunday 
Express, London
taken from Current History April 1939

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