Secrets of Erich Honecker's nuclear bunker revealed

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The bunker in which East German leaders including Erich Honecker hoped to survive a nuclear war is to open to the public for the first time.

But curious visitors to the long secret underground command centre will have only three months to inspect the site before it is sealed forever.

Bunker 17/5001, located in a forest 25 miles north of Berlin, is a chilling reminder of Cold War tensions that threatened mutually assured destruction in the confrontation between the US and USSR.

With Honecker's living quarters decked out in lino and flock wallpaper in all shades of beige however, it is also a kitsch time capsule of gruesome decorative tastes behind the Iron Curtain.

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