20 Jun 2017 | PLATH Corporation GmbH

PLATH at the underworld

After entering the bunker one thing became obvious very sudden: It is cold! Unchanging 12°C characterize the three-story concrete building, which creates a quiet and somehow spooky environment. 100 minutes took the guided tour for all floors, through narrow hallways and rooms. Especially the former concept of accommodating nearly 2.700 people deeply impressed all participants. Whilst World War II the building was used as air-raid shelter and people spent just a couple of hours inside. But in times of the Cold War the worst case scenario of a nuclear attack stipulated a duration of at least two weeks inside. People were supposed to spend eight hours lying, the remaining 16 hours sitting. Each person was intended to have one roll of toilet paper and one towel; five persons should share one cake of soap. As uncomfortable the imagination of the situation felt, it made the description even more vivid and accessible. Sören really impressed everybody on the tour with his detailed knowledge of the old facility.

The underground bunker Steintorwall is located next to the Central Station in Hamburg. It is a silent witness for one of the darkest times of the City. Build from 1941 to 1943 the bunker was planned as an air-raid shelter for civilian population. 3,75m thick walls of concrete were built to protect 2.460 people in case of an allied airstrike. After the End of WWII it sank into oblivion, but during the Cold War it got into focus again and was modernized. The non-profit organization Hamburger Unterwelten e.V. researches and documents the history of the subterranean buildings in Hamburg.

For further information please visit: www.hamburgerunterwelten.de

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