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State invests millions in revamping Nazi retreat

The Local · 28 Dec 2011, 11:18

Published: 28 Dec 2011 11:18 GMT+01:00

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More than €32 million in government money will be invested in the Ordensburg Vogelsang project, which is to include several exhibition spaces on the history of the resort and the surrounding region, as well as a restaurant and welcome area by 2014.

Plans to open a youth hostel and a retreat building for young people have been scrapped for the time being due to funding issues, but officials said they still hope to see them constructed in the future.

They are also hoping the state funding is seen as a positive signal by potential private investors, though they admit its isolated location and dark past may be seen as deterrents.

Ordensburg Vogelsang, in North Rhine-Westphalia’s Eifel National Park, was an elite education facility for young Nazi party members.

Students there were usually the children of prominent party leaders who took part in intensive physical training and learned about Nazi ideals.

After World War II Belgium used it as a training facility until it was handed back to the Germans in 2005.

It has been open to civilian visitors ever since.

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14:53 December 28, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Let me get this straight,

The Government tore down the Neo-Nazi hideout a couple weeks back( I guess they didn't own the place). For fear that it would become a shrine?

But this? a retired School for Nazi children that 'taught Nazi ideals'? It gets €32 million grant of government money.

00:51 December 29, 2011 by quiller
Amazing - a little paint, change a few windows, plant a few flowers and upgrade the car park - Kaaaboom and it's a new facility.
13:20 December 29, 2011 by bearded1
I spent 2 weeks there while I was in the British Army.

I found it lovely and pretty as a picture, as long as it is well done and the NEO scene is kept away why not? more people should visit this beautiful part of Germany.
17:00 December 30, 2011 by yuri_nahl
Knock it down. Build a Walmart and a MacDonnalds instead..
00:25 December 31, 2011 by jeavonsb
According to Wikipedia "The construction of Ordensburg Vogelsang... was financed by expropriating trade unions and employers' associations." Perhaps these organisations might like some of the 32M back first and then knock it down.
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