Göring’s house on the Obersalzberg started life as a small mountain lodge but was later enlarged to include underground shelters and an outdoor swimming pool.
The estate was managed by Josef Zychski and his wife Frieda, who formed part of Göring’s Obersalzberg ‘inner circle’ and ensured the smooth running of the house.
They were present at the house, right up until the end and witnessed the RAF bombing of the area and Göring’s arrest by SS troops loyal to Hitler in the final days of April 1945.
Here is the Wehrpass, Ausweis (identification pass) and other documents belonging to Herr Zychski. The Ausweis is especially interesting, as it gives the owner permission to pass through security check-posts and gain access to the inner sanctum of the Obersalzberg.
“Towards evening on 26 April, Mr Zychski, with Göring’s staff officer, von Brauchitsch, made their way up the 144 steps to the ruins of the Göring mansion. They recovered mattresses from Emmy Göring’s devastated bedroom, because down in the bunker no one wanted to sleep on carpets for another night.”
Inside Hitler’s Mountain, Florian M. Beierl