Wehrwolf, Hitler's Ukrainian Bunker, Becomes Controversial Attraction

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The Ukrainian city of Vinnitsa is eager to attract tourists, but is torn about the creation of a Nazi museum in the nearby bunker where Hitler stayed several times during WWII, which they say could be a magnet for neo-Nazis.

According to the BBC, Communist Party leaders are particularly worried about the opening of the Wehrwolf command center because the new attraction's operators plan on allowing visitors to dress up in Nazi uniforms and pose with swastika flags. Hitler used this bunker while helping to plan the expansion of the Eastern Front.

German soldiers destroyed most of the sprawling site, which was built largely by forced Ukrainian labor, as they retreated in 1944, but left three large bunkers and most of a swimming pool, which is the sites most obvious marker. A mass grave was also left behind, filled with the more than 10,000 POWs and locals who were forced to build Wehrwolf.

Lydia Zakusylova, a local communist politician, told the BBC that the Wehrwolf site was already attracting droves of neo-Nazis that had to be controlled by police.

On the other side of the debate sits Kateryna Vysotska, who works at the Vinnitsa Museum and says the bunker will become a tourist attraction no matter what and might as well incorporate some historical exhibits and officially open to the public. Vysotska claimed the museum would also serve as a memorial for victims.

Many Nazi symbols are illegal in Germany, which has long struggled with its violent past, making neo-Nazi travel to countries without such anti-right wing legislation attractive for young extremists.

The Wolf's Lair, one of Hitler's main headquarters located in Poland, is already a popular tourist attraction with Neo-Nazis, according to the Lonely Planet guide to Eastern Europe.

The guide makes this recommendation: "Some reports from visitors have mentioned the attraction of this place to neo-Nazi skinheads. If walking through the woods, stick with other people and be aware of your surroundings, particularly if you're of non-European appearance."

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Fran

I think that Western Ukraine should succeed from the rest of the country. Too many red diaper babies in the Eastern half. They will all get along better. Let's do this peacfully.

July 15 2011 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mc9038

Sounds like something our local Mayor would try and build, he's just as bad as Hitler...

July 01 2011 at 9:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Nessus

We should have NUKED Germany.

Nessus

July 01 2011 at 8:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Patrick

I wouldn't have been born :-(

April 03 2012 at 2:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eweb544468

what happend to the total elimination of the proud Indians who owned this land? Genocide! Find an Indian to talk to, if you can find one, for you it is better than to a German!

July 01 2011 at 7:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Bill Duke

Pfffttt...everybody and their cousin claim to be Indian these days.

July 02 2011 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
keaser30

I feel great symphothy for all Ukranian people that were forced in Nazi work camps, however! I feel great sympothy for the Ukranian people under Soviet rule. 1932-1933 the bread basket of Europe Ukranians were deliberatley..Starved to death! a estimated 26 million civilians were killed under Communist Joseph Stalin communist rule. So the communist party leasers worries are a joke, my opinion, i'm sure many others would agree. WWll is a big part of history and there should be no disputes about a 'Historical Museum" Let it be.

July 01 2011 at 5:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Wanda

Jonny Smithsville - you are sick , ignorant - f o c k e r !!!!!

July 01 2011 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bradley Greenwood

"Focker"? You mean the German aircraft company? Wanda, please feel free to use your native language (obviously it's not English); we can always translate.

July 03 2011 at 1:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mirakul7

I was six years old in 1943 when I first remember hearing Gabriel Heater and (?) Winchell, evening newscasters on the radio and seeing reports of WWII in the newspapers. U.S. Propaganda did its job on me and I developed a rabid hatred for first Hitler and every German that breathed air, and later for every Japanese. Only recently have I been able to have a decent "ffriendly" conversation with anyone that I found had immigrated from either of those countries. And truth be told, I still have a difficult time forgetting that they had grandparents who tried to kill our soldiers, including my dad and uncles and cousins. To my way of thinking every German is still a Nazi and I have to shake my head to clear out those erroneous thoughts. I can't forget that after the war they all claimed that they did not know what Hitler was really doing, and no, I am not Jewish. Hitler was horrendous. He wanted to rule the world. He was a vicious racist. And he was supported by his countrymen. Why would anyone want to build a museum as a reminder to his cruelty? This must be making the idiotic Neo-Nazis overjoyed.

July 01 2011 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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eweb544468

continue thinking every German is a Nazi. That will make you happy and you don't think who you are.Ever thought I German does not want to speak to you. Killing millions of innocent German Babies and women during your fire bombing?

July 01 2011 at 7:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jeffer620

a. hitler saved the world from the depression. back then- it was his war that pulled europe and the united states out of it.

July 01 2011 at 5:21 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Scott

Everybody cries for the Jews But do you ever hear about the milions of Chinese that where slaughtered during the war ,OooooI forgot they are not as important .
My point is people are all Slags and have only selective pity for the race of people they choose to feel sorry for ,Like a few others said Get over it Let it go and move on and the self perpetuating hate will end.
Just for the record Hitler was a sick Bitttch, But he also started and industial revolution.
There is always some good from evil even if was not intended

July 01 2011 at 4:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bjexp

hey its history-wake-up

July 01 2011 at 4:38 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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