(CNSNews.com) - Berlin city authorities on Friday said building workers have unearthed some remnants of the bunker where Adolf Hitler and his mistress, Eva Braun, committed suicide near the end of World War Two.
The opening of the bunker to tourists has been a subject of controversy for years. Authorities have resisted the idea because of fears it could become a shrine to the neo-nazis. It is located a short distance south of the Brandenburg Gate in the old East Berlin. It was sealed off by Russian soldiers after Berlin surrendered in 1945.
Berlin town planning Senator Peter Strieder said Friday, "The site of Hitler's bunker has been known for years. The discovery of these remnants doesn't add anything. There is no need to open the bunker."
The discovery was made when workers preparing the foundations for the new Berlin offices of Germany's 16 state governments came across a thick chunk of concrete with a tangled mass of iron rods poking out of it. Some workers believe it was possible further remains of the bunker were lying beneath the slab of concrete. The concrete may have been part of a reinforced roof that was aimed at protecting Hitler from allied bombing.
Soviet authorities have said Hitler's body was cremated after the Russian army captured the bunker but the final resting place of his ashes is unknown.