The Obersalzberg Documentation is a permanent exhibition at Obersalzberg near Berchtesgaden which became Hitlers holiday retreat and later a second seat of government along with Berlin.
The Obersalzberg Documentation is a permanent exhibition at Obersalzberg near Berchtesgaden. Obersalzberg, which became Hitler's holiday retreat in 1923, was expanded after 1933, becoming a second seat of government along with Berlin. The exhibition therefore not only documents the history of Obersalzberg, but also links local historical aspects with a portrayal of the central phenomena of the National Socialist dictatorship.
The Obersalzberg Documentation, opened in 1999 and managed by the Institut für Zeitgeschichte (Institute of Recent History) upon request by the Bavarian Finance Ministry which is responsible for the administration of the property, confronts the myth with historic reality. The exhibition is intended as an information centre for all interested visitors at the "scene of the crime". It focuses not merely on the history of the Obersalzberg in the Third Reich, but presents extensive pictorial and text documentation within the context of propaganda and reality about the inner political development (some catchwords: "The Führer", "Volksgemeinschaft" (National Community), "Racial Politics", "Terror Organisation", "Opposition and Emigration") and the international developments including the Second World War.
There is also a brief description of the history of the area as a "recreation area" under American administration between 1945 and 1995. The tour ends with a visit to some of the bunkers that contributed to the myth of an "alpine fortress". The media rooms installed here form the end of the exhibition: an audio-room plays the voices of Jewish women, who survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, speaking directly after their release in April 1945 about their experiences in the concentration camps, the second room shows film scenes from the Second World War.