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Youth hostel arises in former Nazi holiday resort on Baltic Sea

The Local · 4 Jul 2011, 15:44

Published: 04 Jul 2011 15:44 GMT+02:00

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“Our credo is 'bright instead of brown',” said hostel manager Dennis Brosseit, referring to the Nazi party’s affinity for the colour brown.

In the new hostel, officials from the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania see a rebirth of sorts and a way to break from Prora’s connection to its dark past.

“In the grey, crumbling walls, colourful life is returning,” said Manuela Schwesig, the state’s minister of social affairs.

The 4.5-kilometre-long resort complex, which was built in the late 1930s through the Nazis’ Kraft durch Freude (Strength Through Joy) programme, was supposed to include a theatre, swimming pools and other amenities.

Though it was never actually used for tourism – parts of it ended up being used to support the German war efforts – it was meant to accommodate 20,000 holidaymakers. Its various buildings make it one of the Nazis’ biggest architectural legacies.

Largely neglected since the war, between 2004 and 2006 much of the huge complex was sold off to private investors and renovated.

Officials now hope the hostel – which features hundreds of beds – will stimulate youth and foreign tourism to the eastern Baltic coast, where only five percent of visitors come from outside Germany.

But politicians and hostel management alike seem concerned that some people could see the project as a way of glorifying Nazism.

For that reason, they have been careful to emphasize that this is a new chapter in Prora’s tumultuous history.

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“We will do everything to ensure that no ‘brown’ ideas can take root here," said regional politician Kerstin Kassner.

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Your comments about this article

17:01 July 4, 2011 by trash head
This will bring some party ppls more in the already overfilled M3 Prora disco in the old as arrival hall planned center building near the harbour.
20:30 July 4, 2011 by Englishted
@trash head,

20:42 July 4, 2011 by HHayrider
We are going to be visiting Berlin and Hamburg in September, and this place has been on my bucket list for awhile now. Really looking forward to seeing how things are turning out.
06:40 July 5, 2011 by volvoman9
Those who would imagine that to make sensible use of a facility such as this is in some way glorifying Naziism are too stupid to pay attention to.
10:31 July 5, 2011 by trash head

1. Old, as arrival hall planned building = new disco (Name: M3 Prora) [already full to its capacitys]

2. New youthostel = new potential customers for disco

1 + 2 = overfilled disco


> We are going to be visiting Berlin and Hamburg in September, and this place has been on my bucket list for awhile now. Really looking forward to seeing how things are turning out.

This complex is 4 hours far from Berlin and Hamburg (with car on highway)


> Those who would imagine that to make sensible use of a facility such as this is in some way glorifying Naziism are too stupid to pay attention to.

What a bullshit. The old KDF Bad has nothing left of it from what belongs to the Nazis or theire idiologie. But let me guess, you rage also against Bauhaus right?

Also this is not a facility, its a hotel complex and a dirty area beside the wounderful beachline of Binz. The best things what can happen to this 14 km long building line and area is a renovation and modernization of the buildings itself and a connection to the beach and shopping mile of Binz. The museum in there is anyway totaly boring and can also move to another building out of the Blocks itself. Same with the autonom ppl living in Block 3.
19:50 July 5, 2011 by HHayrider
@trash head

Yes, I have done the research, its roughly the same distance from Berlin as it is Hamburg, so we will rent a car and drive. We plan on doing Anklam, Peenemunde and Prora, and then Lubeck, and maybe even Kiel before going to Hamburg. Make a big circle of it.
19:56 July 5, 2011 by DOZ
Just like the Nazi's, your catering to the youth.
09:51 July 6, 2011 by moistvelvet
Geez, the war ended over 60 years ago, it's a building, get over it Germany!
18:40 July 6, 2011 by Englishted
@trash head

Thank you for the clarification.


"it's a building, get over it "

I need a ladder ad insurance then I'll try o.k.
17:04 July 7, 2011 by german-guardian
@ Englsihted

Your comments don't make sence at all. All you mentaly disturebed or what?
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