'It was as if the Nazis had just left yesterday' - secret Nazi bunkers hidden for 50 years suddenly unearthed by the sea

Monday, September 01, 2008

Here's the part of Denmark where the discovery was made: "Varde is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region Syddanmark on the west coast of the Jutland peninsula in southwest Denmark. Its mayor is Gylling Håhr, a member of the Venstre (Liberal Party) political party. The main town and site of its municipal council is the town of Varde. Its area is 1255.79 km². It has a population of 50,125 (2008)."

I see this story is from August the 4th but since I just noticed it for the first time I'll pretend it's breaking news. Take a look at the entire article if you missed the news like I did. There are few things more exciting than unearthing a completely preserved bunker/house/town/temple/what have you in the 21st century when it sometimes (falsely) can feel like we've already explored every nook and cranny of the planet.

And a third expert, Tommy Cassoe, enthused: "It was like entering the heart of a pyramid with mummies all around. Wat I saw blew me away: it was as if the German soldiers had left only yesterday."

The team working with Cassoe emptied the structures within a few days of boots, undergarments, socks, military stripes, mustard and aquavit bottles, books, inkpots, stamps featuring Hitler, medicines, soda bottles, keys, hammers and other objects.

All of the objects from the shelters have been taken to the conservation centre at Oelgod museum, some 20 miles from the beach to be examined.

The centre's German curator, Gert Nebrich, judged the find 'very interesting because it is so rare.'

'"We don't expect contemporary objects like these to be so well preserved. Maybe it's because they were kept for 60 years in the cold and dark like in a big vacuum," he says, carefully showing four stamps featuring Hitler's image and the German eagle, found in one bunker.

The Germans left the bunkers in May 1945 after the Nazi surrender.

Historical records show that Gerhard Saalfed was a 17-year-old soldier with the German army when he arrived at the bunker in January 1945.

Germany surrendered on May 8 1945, but it wasn‘t until two days later that he and his fellow soldiers left their remote station.

They shut the steel doors of the bunker behind them on their remote beach and went to the nearest town ten miles away to surrender.


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