Hitler’s Nazi resort turning into luxury holiday destination (photos)

Initial contsruction started in 1939

Three years before Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Adolf Hitler ordered the construction of the world’s largest tourist resort, located on a beachfront property on the island of Rügen.
The Nazis called it Prora.
Capable of holding more than 20,000 residents at a single time, Prora was meant to comfort the weary German worker who toiled away in a factory without respite.
According to historian and tour guide Roger Moorhouse, it was also meant to serve as the carrot to the stick of the Gestapo — a pacifying gesture to get the German people on Hitler’s side.
But then World War II began, and Prora’s construction stalled — until now. Eight housing blocks, a theatre and cinema remained as empty shells, while planned swimming pools and a festival hall were never built.
Now, four of the eight original six-storey blocks are to be developed. A fifth was turned into a youth hostel in 2011 and the remaining three are in ruins.
Ninety-five per cent of apartments in the Prora Solitaire complex have been sold, with prices ranging between €350,000 for a 100-square-metre ground-floor flat and €650,000 for a sea-view penthouse.

source: businessinsider.com