Foreign News: End of an Eyrie

Three thousand workers toiled three years to build Adolf Hitler's sumptuous Bavarian "Eagle's Nest" atop a mountain at Berchtesgaden. Allied bombers in a few seconds blasted a group of chalets below it (including one of Hitler's and several for smaller Nazis), but left unharmed Hitler's high-perched eyrie, with its wide view of the white-tipped Austrian Alps. Since then verboten territory to Germans, the Berchtesgaden villas have been a red-hot G.I. tourist attraction. Souvenir hawkers have stripped them, selling tiles from Hitler's bathroom to G.I.s at 5 marks ($1.20) apiece. Before handing back the...

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