GREEN MOUSE SAYS: Beach blanket bunker 17/5001, or Gahan’s cribbing of Honecker’s Cold War nuclear refuge.


It’s always been clear that Jeff Gahan couldn’t have conceived of the down-low bunker entirely on his own.

Well, now we know.

More on the Honecker Bunker at Atlas Obscura.

BURIED UNDER SAND AND RUBBLE in a nondescript forest north of Berlin lies a massive Cold War treasure with its secrets sealed shut, locked up and destined to stay hidden forevermore.

Bunker 17/5001 was the most sophisticated facility of its kind among members of the Warsaw Pact outside the Soviet Union. It was built some 24 meters (79 feet) underground to harbor East German leaders and top military staff even in the event of nuclear annihilation.