The bunker built during World War II for Hitler’s commissioner in the Netherlands should become a listed building, a number of museum organisations say.
The construction, on the Clingendael estate near The Hague, should be preserved for future generations, say the organisations. ‘These buildings built by the Germans may be wrong but they are also the scars of war which can help tell the story of what happened,’ they say.
Whether the application for listed status will succeed is uncertain. The government department that deals with listed buildings is reticent about listing German buildings from World War II.
Hitler’s commissioner to the Netherlands, the Austrian Arthur Seyss-Inquart, was sent to the country to try and convince the population of the advantages of national socialism. At the end of the war, he was tried at Nuremberg and hung for war crimes in October 1946.
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