That I Won His War

The “Führerbunker”

Built by forced labourers, demolished after 1945.

Dance on the Obersalzberg

Song by singer-songwriter Johan Meijer about Rinus van Galen, 2003. Photo: Rinus at Hitler’s Berghof, 2003

The Reich Chancellery bunker was built by means of forced labour. Adolf Hitler governed from there when he was not at his headquarters at the Wolfsschanze or his residence on Obersalzberg. He committed suicide in the bunker on April 30, 1945.

The bunker was demolished after 1945; nothing remains of it today.


Gertrud-Kolmar-Straße 4
10711 Berlin


U Mohrenstraße


“The ‘Führerbunker’”: Archive B+M Chochola ( (1); Bundesarchiv, photo 183-1989-0508-502 / Hoffmann (2); Bundesarchiv, photo 183-J31334 (3); Bundesarchiv, photo 183-M1204-318 / Donath (4); Bundesarchiv, photo 183-M1204-319 / Donath (5)

“Dance on the Obersalzberg”: Johan Meijer, CD “From Maas to Memel – Songs for Surivors”, 2003 (song), Private Archive van Langeveld (photo)

Song Text “Dancing on the Obersalzberg”

Walking with Rinus across Berlin
Alkett, Sachsenhausen and Großbeeren.
Places of resistance and of pain.
I listen and want to learn from you.

How did you escape from all this violence
and how could you crack the armour
that has tortured you for years.
Tell me what has kept you alive?

Dancing on the Obersalzberg,
dancing all around
Dancing on the very places
where once Hitler stood.
Spying from his eaglenest
on the world underneath
Millions were in his grip,
I was one of them.
Happy that I am still alive
that I succeeded to escape.
Happy that I’m dancing here
and that I won his war.

They walked with boots over your back
you had to stand in open air for hours on end
It was not easy, but you went back again
to feel this bloody pain just once again.

A man should not cry they say
but there someone is being kicked
and another man is hanging on the gallows
Anyone crying in this hell would have been lost.

Dancing on the Obersalzberg …