2:00 PM EDT, April 24, 2012
An abandoned building covered in graffiti is Adolf Hitler's secret bunker in Southern California.
The secret Nazi bunker has been hidden for nearly 80 years—not in Germany—but in the middle of Los Angeles. That's right, Hitler's Los Angeles bunker was right next to homes of Hollywood's biggest celebrities, including Steven Spielberg.
Hitler's bunker has magnificent views and is hidden in an out-of-the way nature preserve off Sunset Boulevard. Finding it is no easy task.
With historian Randy Young as a guide, INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret hiked in a mile-and-a-half until they reached the steep steps literally built into the hillside. There are 500 steps leading to the secret Nazi compound.
So how did Hitler's bunker end up in one of Los Angeles' most exclusive neighborhoods?
During the 1930s, Hitler's Hollywood supporters—yes, he actually had some—secretly began building the compound hoping Hitler would one day move to California.
INSIDE EDITION obtained the blueprints for the Dictator's 40,000 square-foot mansion and the huge carriage house built to store Hitler's Mercedes.
But the day after Pearl Harbor, the Feds raided the place and arrested 50 fascist supporters living in the half-finished mansion.
Today, the place lies abandoned. A forest fire destroyed most of the compound. But a few structures remain. There are large planters for growing vegetables, and grapes for Hitler's private vineyard. Another is a power plant built like a bomb shelter.
To give you a sense of how over-engineered the structure is, the walls are over one foot thick and the ceiling of the structure is two feet of solid concrete.
The 400,000 gallon water tank is big enough to supply a small community.
Moret asked, "What do you think Hitler would have said if he saw the place?"
"I don't necessarily think Hitler would have been comfortable here," said Young.
Hitler never got to see his mansion in Southern California. World War II ended in his defeat, and with it, a long forgotten piece of history whose story is only now being told.