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The Nazi era Valentin bunker built using thousands of forced labour from 1943 to March 1945 for the construction of submarines, but unfinished due to two British air-raids and the end of World War II, is pictured in Bremen, February 22, 2012. In 2007, Germany decided it was anachronistic to continue the upkeep of its 2,000 above- and below-ground bunkers built before and during World War Two and in the Cold War. The dangers it faced were no longer conventional warfare, with air raids, artillery and tanks, but rather international terrorism and natural catastrophes - against which the bunkers offered little protection. Germany started decommissioning the bunkers, beginning with some 220 above-ground WWII ones owned by the state. Considering what to do with them, it realised that blowing up these cement fortifications often embedded in dense inner cities was not an option. Instead, it decided to sell them off, to rake in revenue and rid itself of the maintenance costs, which can