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Friday, October 15, 1999 Published at 11:19 GMT 12:19 UK

World: Europe

Hitler's suicide bunker unearthed in Berlin

Building workers digging in the new government district of the German capital, Berlin, have unearthed remains of the bunker in which the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler, committed suicide in the final days of the Second World War.

The workers found six-metre-thick concrete blocks and rusting metal rods -- believed to be part of the reinforced roof of the bunker.

Historians have always known its site -- in what used to be no-man's land on the East German side of the Berlin Wall -- but fears it could become a shrine for neo-Nazis stopped any excavation.

However, archaeologists now say the site must be investigated and preserved.

Some Jewish groups want the remains blown up or reburied. The bunker was plundered by the Soviet Red Army after it entered Berlin at the end of the war.

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