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Former Nazi Holiday Camps To Be Turned Into 'luxury Apartments'?

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Secret Nazi files have been found that reveal how Hitler wanted his party to become the world’s largest tour operator with holiday camps modelled on the British ‘Butlins’ chain.

The long-lost plans for a chain of 'super-resorts' accommodating 20,000 holidaying Nazis at a time were found in the state archive of Greifswald in north-east Germany.

One of the papers revealed how the Nazis envisioned 'British holiday camps designed to provide affordable holidays for the average worker'.

The bundle of 62-pages, which were found last week, outlined plans from Dr Robert Ley, the Nazi head of the German Labour Front, for the sprawling Prora resort.

The concrete complex on the Baltic island of Ruegen was the only holiday camp actually built under the project and stands to this day.

But the 2.5 miles of empty sea-facing flats never had a single holidaymaker stay in them as the war came along just weeks before the first tourists were due to arrive.

‘Seaside Resorts for the Common Man’ was the name of the scheme which was organised by the Nazi leisure organisation ‘Strength Through Joy.


While parts of it house a museum and a youth hostel, plans are in the pipeline to realise Hitler’s dream 66 years after his death with the refurbishment of several blocks into luxury apartments.

But unlike the planned subsidised holidays envisaged for the 'small man' years ago, these will cost many hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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Brora is on the North Sea coast, miles from any significant centres of employment. Where are the people willing to pay hundreds of thousands for a shoebox flat going to come from? There are probably a few rich Nazi obsessives about, but not that many!

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But the pages of documents show that the Nazis suffered from cost overruns just the same as today’s big-project planners.

Robert Ley, the leader organiser tasked with providing the labour battallions to construct the resorts, ordered that Prora, when it was begun in 1936, should cost no more than the equivalent today of 25 million pounds soon soared to 750 million pounds.

Wow that's one hell of a cost overrun, just think how that would help GDP if govt projects could overrun by that amount.

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