More than half a century after his death, Hitler’s gloomy ghost still wanders ruins of his Alpine retreat. A vision many unsuspecting visitors will never forget.
Adolf Hitler, the world’s most fearful and hated dictator that ever lived on this planet, was the military and political leader of Germany which begun in 1933 and ended in 1945, after he committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin on April 30, 1945 following an imminent defeat of his cause from Allied forces.
Numerous reports from residents and tourists regarding the haunting of former Hitler’s places of abode became an area of concern of people who frequented these places, especially that of his former Bavarian mountain retreat house.
“If you look carefully in the shadows of the linden trees and the shattered remains of his mountain home, you can see his spirit wandering aimlessly throughout the ruins,” says Gerhardt Strauss, a German historian.
Some visitors have seen him sitting in a big armchair, his head cradled in his hands, his gray hair and his body limp with defeat, dejection and despair. But there were other times when he can be seen striding purposefully through the ruins. He walks as if strongholds were still intact, waving his arms furiously and shouting loudly, as though he were still giving orders to his men. This vision has been seen, not surprisingly, mostly by those who admire him, though there were others who confirmed of Hitler’s frightening apparition.
According to Strauss, Hitler’s ghost has been seen off and on from the 1940s to the present in the vicinity of the Berghof, the big house overlooking the mountains. This is where Hitler spent most of his time while at the peak of his power. At the end of the war, Allied bombers pulverized the stronghold.
Later, fearing neo-Nazis might make it a shrine, the German government blew up what was left of the retreat, so that today a stone wall, the outline of the foundation and one scorched side of the building is all that remains. “Hitler lovers began referring to it as “The Holy Place” and “The Place of Reawakening” in the 1950s, and many who still do,” Strauss says.
Toward the end of the war while looking out the Berghof’s big picture window, Hitler told German leaders: “It is here where Germany will find me for a thousand years.” And according to Strauss, neo-Nazis are hoping to resurrect his terrifying ghost soon.