Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Dachau-KZ - SATELLITE CAMPS - Alphabetical Order S

                                     

The idyllic village of St. GGilgen lies just a few kilometers east of Salzburg, on the northwestern tip of Lake Wolfgang. The Dachau concentration camp commander Hans Loritz bought a large plot here in April 1938. Only a short time after his purchase, he had nine Jehovah's Witnesses and one Polish prisoner among the Dachau concentration camp inmates selected for the first time and brought them to Lake Wolfgangsee. Officially, the SS leader disguised the trip as a transport to a new sub-camp at St. Gilgen. In fact, the prisoners had to start preparing for the construction of a private villa for Loritz. The directory of the holding camps under the Reichsführer SS of the International Search Service does mentions the use of prisoners at a concentration camp at St Wolfgang. According to this source, the prisoners had to build the country house here for a concentration camp commander loritz suggests that, this is a simple name confusion with St. Gilgen am Wolfgangsee.
St.Gilgen Panorama 2007-02-22.jpg
St Gilgen

For the night, the SS guards locked up the forced laborers into the local Gilgen jail cells. The public of the place were well aware of the use of concentration camp inmates, for example, the arrival and departure of prisoner transports was recorded the municipal registry, and walkers who had stopped at the construction site were instructed to move on and away quickly.
In December 1939, the concentration camp commander Hans Loritz - initially acting - took over the management of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp near Berlin. In late spring 1941 Sachsenhausen prisoners therefore had to continue their work in St Gilgen. However, because the sub-camp in Salzburger Land was officially still run as a Dachau sub-camp, Loritz initially sent about 20 to 25 selected prisoners from the concentration camp Sachsenhausen to the concentration camp Dachau. These were mainly Jehovah's Witnesses with technical knowledge (in other words they were tradesmen). Since these prisoners were now also administrative wise under the SS authorities as Dachau prisoners, they could be transported a few days later into the sub-camp Gilgen. At the onset of winter, when the construction work was interrupted, the prisoners were then taken back to Dachau and transferred from here back to Sachsenhausen. In 1942 a prisoner transport went via Dachau to St Gilgen (Seems very confusing, sic) which took place by the same method.




Main entrance Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

To accommodate the prisoners Loritz held the forced laborers since 1941 directly on his property. Since their work has mainly consisted in the enlargement of the villa, the construction of an additional gatehouse and the design of a spacious garden with terraces, ponds and water games as well as fountains. The Sachsenhauser KZ commander had visited the construction site as in the years before only in his spare time. The guarding of the prisoners was carried out by three SS men under the supervision of the leader Franz-Xaver Trenkle Woldgangsee

Wolfgangsee von Südosten. Im Hintergrund der Schafberg

le Wolfgangsee

The working conditions at the Wolfgangsee described by the surviving KZ-prisoners very differently. Although the conditions on Lake Wolfgang were altogether bearable as compared to those in KZ-Sachsenhausen, this did not rule out lasting injuries to the prisoners.Thus, the SS Commander Trenkle severely mistreated several KZ-inmates because they could not carry out the strenuous construction work fast enough.
Loritz was not the only high-ranking SS officer who owned a property at the Wolfgandsee. Several former KZ-prisoners from St. Gilgen reported that from May to July 1942 they had to complete the construction, which had already begun, for Arthur Liebehenschels, head of the Central Office at the SS Economic Main Administration. In the idyllic landscape of Salzburg, the SS-leaders saw here the rectification of their own blood and soil ideology. And while the German cities were increasingly the target of the Allied bombing raids during the Second World War, the families of the SS members were relatively safe in this rural idyll.
he announcement of numerous corruption and private black-market buildings resulted in the summer of 1942 in a disciplinary proceedings against the KZ-commander Loritz. Following by his   transfer to Norway for the duration of the war as the Higher SS and Police Leader. This ended the use of KZ-prisoners on the Wolfgangsee. Most of the prisoners were returned to KZ-Sachsenhausen. A smaller group, which stayed until the summer of 1942 had worked on Loritz 'garden, came to the KZ-Dachau. However, the spacious estate, where now the wife of the SS officer Loritz with two sons lived, remained in the possession of the family.

After the end of the war, Loritz tried in vain to evade Allied jurisdiction under a false name. After being exposed, he took his own life at the internment camp in Neunmünster-Gadelang to await trial by the Soviets. The property established in St Gilgen by the KZ-prisoners was confiscated by the Republic of Austria in 1957 and sold to a private buyer. Loritz's widow soon returned to Germany with her children.
The villa of the former commander still exists today, but there is nothing reminiscent of the former sub-camp. Since 1973, the office of the state justice administration for the investigation of National Socialist crimes in Ludwigsburg has been investigating the events in St Gilgen. But since the testimonies of the former prisoners could not give any concrete evidence of torture or deaths in the former sub-camp and any other crimes, these were already considered to be dated, the preliminary investigations were closed in 1975.

Author German Text: Firk Riedel

 
Sources/Acknowledgements:                                                   

Wikipedia -   
Der Ort des Terrors, Pages 493 -
Vol 2 C.H.Beck, München 2005




Translated from German by:
Stolpmann,Herbert Karl 
Walter von Waldeck














Monday, January 8, 2018

THE HESS AFAIR

                                            Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-377-2801-013, Flugzeug Messerschmitt Me 110.jpg

Rudolf Hess, the Führer's deputy, flew to Scotland on 10th Nay 1941 to negotiate peace. Unfortunately the Germa NS hierarchy dd not understand nor did they have little knowledge of the proceedings of a Parliamenty System in a Democracy.
His flight was considered treachery by the National Socialist government, which declared Hess mentally deranged.
Shortly after the visit of the Soviet foreign minister Molotov, in November 1941 (This is when Molotov through a book at Hitler while they had to continue their discussions with Ribbentrop in an Air Raid Shelter.)

Hitler was at Obersalzberg for a few days. Hess was also staying at hiss house at the Obersalzberg and was invited for dinner at that evening to join him.
Towards the end of the meal a courier arrived and handed a despatch to Reich Press Chief Otto Dietrich. He run his eyes over it quickly and then passed it to Hitler, who read it standing up and the exclaimed: 'My God, what can I supposed to do? I can't fly over and beg on my knees'.

The talk subsequently increased concerning  a meeting in Portugal between the military attache Enno Enil von Rintelen , who was called  'Hitler's Postman' and his Swedish  colleague Graf Bermadotte.  The whole thing was not revealed at that time, only later it came to the surface, that secret negotiation had taken place with the British. However, Hess answering Hitler's earlier observation,  not to him but to his adjutant, uttered something like:'Perhaps he can't. But I can!'


Part of the fuselage of Hess's Bf 110. Imperial War Museum (2008

Hess's servant Sepp Platzer after his imprisonment in Russia revealed, what happened next during the evening and how events panned out. Sepp drove back to his house with Hess, and in the car and repeated the sentence: 'Hitler cannot, but I can!' Then he let sepp into his plan . He decided to fly to Britain on his own account. Nobody else was to know - at first, not even his own adjutants.
First of all Sepp had to obtain two British history books. Above all, however, Hess had to have knowledge about the flight safety zones, especially the code words, which were changed daily, so as to find the 'dead zones' and avoid coming under friendly flack fires. Sepp mentioned to to Flugkaputän Baur the map with the safety zones marked out on it. At first Baur declined the request. Sepp insisted . 'You know my boss, he wants to be informed about everything .' Baur then obtained a copy from Göring, commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe, on the pretext that the map was needed by his deputy, Hitler's second pilot, Georg Betz.

After this had been achieved, Hess needed a place to which he could withdraw and prepare for his operation. He got his servant to ask a Gauleiter to put a farmstead in Austria at his disposal. At at that point, Hess had never made a parachute jump. Sepp got him some special beginners boots' boots and bandages used by paratroopers at the start of their training. Hess stuck the map on the wall of his hut in the Austrian mountains and studied it lying in bed. Sepp had seen that for himself.

Hess incessantly flew an Me 110 fighter bomber. He even made some courier flights. On the the day he met Hitler in Berlin, Hitler asks him in surprise: 'What are you doing here'? Hess requested to familiarize himself officially with courier flights, but Hitler refused, and forbade Hess as well as Göring as his deputy - Hess as deputy Part Chairman, Göring as Reich Chancellor - from flying together. Obviously neither took any notice.
In February 1941, Hess took off on his first 'British Flight' attempt. Sepp advised him. that at all costs, he must wear a uniform.

As a civilian the British would put him before a firing squad , they were very strict about it.. Shortly before getting into the Messerscmitt aircraft. Hes gave to his adjutant Karl-Heinz Pintsch and Alfred Leitgen an envelope, with strict instructions that it was only to be opened if he did not return within twenty minutes. Hess had hardly taken off to the aircraft when the two adjutants became anxious and tore the envelope open. Inside was another envelope, addressed to Hitler. It was marked 'Very Urgent' Before the adjutants could decide what to do next, Hes came back after only seven minutes.
He had in fact taken off, but landed again immediately. He spoke briefly with the flight engineer Neumeier, who - also under the greatest secrecy regarding the mission - had placed explosives and additional fuel tanks in the aircraft and they got back in the car with Sepp, the adjutants and the driver Rudi, and drove back to Munich. Nobody really knows if there was actually a problem with the aircraft or if Hess had lost courage. Sepp and others thought the latter, because Hess had trained incessantly on the plane, and defect at this stage was unlikely.

Farmer Who Captured Rudolf Hess
The farmer that captured Rudolf Hess in Scotland

The adjutants finally found their tongues and admitted to Hess that the had opened the letter prematurely. They therefore knew that their boss was planning something that made it urgent for them to inform Hitler of the fact , once Hess had flown off. At first Hess was silent. Sepp tried to clarify the situation and give his superior the opportunity to decide nohow to proceed. As they drove through a stretch of woodland, Sepp therefore suggested that Hess might like to take a walk since he liked walking through woods so much. 'Platzer thinks I should walk a little -good, I'll will walk!'
Hess told Rudi to stop the car, and he spent half an hour walking around. Back in the limousine , he then addressed  the adjutants. They knew now something that they had to keep secret under all circumstances. The events they had just been witness had never taken place.  Everybody held firm to that so far. In February 1941, Hess made another attempt, but abandoned it . Without having taken off this time . It would be May before the third attempt was made, and this time he went

IT'S CONSEQUENCES
After Hitler had addressed the Reichstag at the beginning of May 1941. he returned to the Berghof. At that time there now occured the Flight to Britain by Hess, for which he had been preparing so long. On the evening  of 10th May 1941, his plane left the runway at the Messerschmitt Works, at Augsburg. This time everything on board the aircraft the ME 110 was in order, and probably he had worked up enough the necessary courage. The twenty minutes deadline, during which period he had told his adjutants to stand by and wait before they did anything else, passed without any sign of his returning. Karl-Heinz Pintsch - as arranged - presented himself at the Berghof next morning to hand the prepared letter to Hitler.
Hitler was outraged! 'Hess? Hess? Hess of all people did that? Hess of of all people? Why did he do this to me? Hitler did not tire of repeating himself. For the next three days, 11th- 13th May, Hitler absented himself from the military situation conferences, and confined himself to his room on the first floor. The Generals came to the situation conference and withdrew without being able to report anything. Even Goebbels was only received upstairs in Hitler's room, when he arrived on the 12th May.

Spandau Prison

The official line later was that Hess had acted as the result of mental derangement. A communique to that effect was worked on with Dietrich. Hess wanted to see the Duke of Hamilton in order to conduct his own private peace talk with the British. The Duke was apparently close to Churchill
The question was: Had Hess really acted off his own bat?
#Hitler would have needed to be a good actor to fake the indignation and upset he had displayed when reading Hess's letter. At any rate in November 1940, there must have been complete accord between Hess and Hitler at least with regard to the aim of his undertaking.
The Party :leadership had to be passed to somebody else, and Hitler appointed then Martin Bormann as chief of the Party Chancellery. In this, Hitler chose the wrong man. The general feeling among staff was, Goebbels in - Bormann out!

At Bormann's insistence, everybody who had knowledge of Hess;s flight to Britain was arrested and taken to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. This included Hess's two adjutants, the mechanic and also Sepp Platzer Afterwards, Sepp served at he front and, and was captured as a POW by the Russians.
After the uproar caused by Hess, towards the end of May
No domestic staff at that time had any inkling that the attack on Russia was imminent.

Hess was killed by British Secret Agents on 17 August 1987 at the age of 93. most likely by asphyxiation in Spandau Prison. Although Hess was frail according to his daily orderly, a German speaking Indian male, stated that a struggle had taken place in Hess's room, with the furniture re-arranged and not the way he had left it the night before..
Spandau Prison was demolished and replaced by a Super-Market. 

Source: Discussion with
Rochus Misch 2007 -Body Guard to Hitler - member of the 'Leibstanarte Adolf Hitler'



         
The classified documents higly sensitive inquiry into the claims that the elderly Nazi was killed on  Brotishorfers to preserve wartime secrets, which Hess had.

Picture taken during Nuremberg trials




Scotland Yard was given the names of British agents who allegedly murdered the Nazi Rudolf Hess in the infamous Spandau Prison but was advised by prosecutors not to pursue its investigations, according to a newly-released police report.

Written two years after Hess’s death in 1987, the classified document outlines a highly-sensitive inquiry into the claims of a British surgeon who had once treated Adolf Hitler’s deputy that, rather than taking his own life, the elderly Nazi was killed on British orders to preserve wartime secrets.

Released under the Freedom of Information Act, the partially-redacted report by Detective Chief Superintendent Howard Jones revealed that the surgeon - Hugh Thomas - had supplied him with the names of two suspects provided by a “government employee” responsible for training secret agents.


Withheld for nearly 25 years, the report has been released by the Yard’s counter-terrorism command following consultation with “other Government and foreign government departments”.

Spandau, Germany, A photograph of Rudolf Hess in the prison, after the war.
 Rudolf Hess as prisoner at Spandau

The death of Hess in Berlin at the age of 93 after he apparently hung himself with a wire flex in a summer house in the grounds of Spandau has long been controversial with claims that he was too infirm to commit suicide and a farewell note to his family had in fact been written 20 years earlier.

The Yard was called in in 1989 after Mr Thomas, an eminent former military surgeon previously based in Spandau, claimed in a book that “Hess” was in fact an impostor sent by the Nazis to Britain in 1941 and his murder was carried out by two British assassins disguised as American serviceman.

In his subsequent 11-page report, Mr Jones said the surgeon had “confidentially imparted” the names of two alleged suspects passed to him by an informant who was a former member of the SAS and had since taken on a role “training people for undercover or spying operations”.

Prior to his death, speculation had been growing that Hess might be released because a long-standing veto by the Soviet Union, which for decades had insisted on a severe regime for Hess, including forcing him to wash his hands in toilet bowl, might be reversed by Mikhail Gorbachev.

Mr Jones wrote: “[Mr Thomas] had received information that two assassins had been ordered on behalf of the British Government to kill Hess in order that he should not be released and free to expose secrets concerning the plot to overthrow the Churchill government.”

The officer found there was not “much substance” to Mr Thomas’s claims of murder but suggested that efforts should be made to trace and interview the alleged killers along with other witnesses to ensure the matter could be “comprehensively adjudged” to have been fully investigated.

It is not known if the two suspects were tracked down after the report was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service in May 1989.


 Hess; grave stone which  says in German 'Ich hab's gewagt' - literally means: I had a go at it!
                  (The stone as well as his grave has now been removed)

But within six months the investigation was declared closed after the then Director of Public of Prosecutions, Sir Allan Green QC, advised that further inquiries were not necessary.

In November 1989, Sir Nicholas Lyell, the solicitor general, told Parliament: “The inquiries carried out by Detective Chief Superintendent Jones have produced no cogent evidence to suggest that Rudolf Hess was murdered; nor, on the view of the Director of Public Prosecutions, is there any basis for further investigation.”

The unannounced arrival of Hess in Britain was one of the strangest incidents of the Second World War and remains the subject of extensive debate about its motivation, including whether it was an ill-judged attempt to unseat Winston Churchill by enlisting aristocrats with Nazi sympathies.

After flying solo to Scotland in 1941, Hitler’s deputy fuhrer parachuted to the ground and, after being taken into custody at pitchfork-point by an astonished ploughman, declared his intention to negotiate a peace with Britain to form an alliance against Stalin’s Soviet Union.

Hess was sentenced to life imprisonment as a war criminal at the Nuremberg Trials and incarcerated in Spandau along with other prominent Nazis including Albert Speer. From 1966 onwards, Hitler’s deputy - whose Allied guards were required to only address him as Prisoner Seven - was the sole inmate in the 600-cell prison.

Further doubt was claimed to have been cast last year on the circumstances of Hess’s suicide when photographs emerged of the summer house where he died, showing the short distance - some 5ft - between the cord from which he was found hanging and the floor.

His son, Wolf, had previously insisted that the height was insufficient for his father, crippled by arthritis, to hang himself and added to post mortem examination evidence suggesting a full noose had been placed around his neck.

In his report, Mr Jones dismissed such concerns, saying expert advice showed Hess’s injuries were consistent with an “unusual hanging situation”
Grave of Rudolf Hess
. The grave of Rudolf Hess has been removed from the Wunsiedel cemetery because the small Bavarian town had become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. Photograph: Lennart Preiss/AP

OTHER FINDINGS
In 1979, Dr. Hugh Thomas, a British physician, came out with a highly controversial book that made the startling claim that Nazi Germany’s Deputy Führer, Rudolf Hess, did not commit suicide in Berlin’s Spandau Prison in 1987, but actually died in 1941, and that the man who died in prison was, in reality, Hess’s double!


Since 1979, more research has been done regarding Thomas’s astounding assertions, and a fresh look needs to be taken at the controversy.

Rudolf Hess: Hitler’s Loyal Secretary

First, who was Rudolf Hess? He was born in Alexandria, Egypt, the son of a German importer/exporter, on April 26, 1894. Moving back to Germany in 1904, the young Hess was schooled in Switzerland and was being prepared for a career in business. But the Great War derailed those plans. Hess enlisted in the 7th Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment and was sent to the front, where he earned the Iron Cross, second class. He suffered a chest wound and, after recuperating, was transferred to the Imperial Air Corps. He became a pilot in a Bavarian squadron and was promoted to lieutenant a few weeks before the war ended.
Greatly upset by Germany’s capitulation, and still of a military mind, Hess settled in Munich and joined two paramilitary organizations. After hearing upstart Adolf Hitler speak in 1920, Hess joined the Nazi Party and became a devoted follower of Hitler, earning the future Führer’s trust.
After Hitler and the Nazis tried and failed to overthrow the Bavarian government in November 1923, Hess and Hitler were both jailed at Landsberg Prison. There Hitler dictated his autobiography and vision for the future to Hess, who became his secretary.
Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess (left) and brownshirt chief of staff Victor Lutze watch SS troops marching by as Adolf Hitler gives the Nazi salute from his Mercedes-Benz 770K, Nuremberg, 1938.
Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess (left) and brownshirt chief of staff Victor Lutze watch SS troops marching by as Adolf Hitler gives the Nazi salute from his Mercedes-Benz 770K, Nuremberg, 1938.
After their release from prison, Hess, along with Heinrich Himmler and Hermann Göring, became one of Hitler’s closest associates. It was Hess who would introduce Hitler at Nazi Party rallies, stirring up the masses to a fever pitch with prolonged shouts of “Sieg, Heil!” (“Hail, Victory!”) like some demented cheerleader.
Shortly after Hitler became German Chancellor in January 1933, Hess was elevated to the position of Deputy Führer, but the title was more ceremonial than substantive, for the beetle-browed Hess, who often appeared to be nothing more than Hitler’s dim-witted stooge, lacked the intelligence and cunning necessary to be a force within the Third Reich hierarchy. William Shirer, author of The Rise and Fall ofthe Third Reich, lumped Hess in with the “weird assortment of misfits” that characterized the leadership of Nazi Germany.
Yet Hitler was as faithful to his loyal follower as Hess was to him, and proclaimed that, should anything happen to both him and Göring, Hess would be next in line to become Führer.

Hess’s Secret Mission

After Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, and France and Great Britain both declared war on Germany, Hess became agitated, because he had hoped that Britain would join Germany in a war against their common foe, the Soviet Union.
In May 1941, a month before the surprise invasion of the Soviet Union, Hess decided to take matters into his own hands and embark upon a secret mission that not even Hitler knew about or had authorized.
Taking off from the Messerschmitt factory airstrip in the Bavarian city of Augsburg on May 10, Hess flew a twin-engine Messerschmitt Bf 110E solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with Britain. When he learned about Hess’s flight, a furious Hitler dispatched German fighters to intercept him, but Hess had escaped German airspace.
After a four-hour journey of almost 1,000 miles, Hess crossed the British coast over Ainwick in Northumberland, managed to avoid being shot down by the RAF, then flew on toward his Scottish objective, Dungavel House, home of the pro-peace Duke of Hamilton. With his fuel supply running low, Hess parachuted out over Renfrewshire at 11 pm and broke his ankle upon landing at Floors Farm near Eaglesham. A farmer took Hess into custody at the point of a pitchfork.
Detained by the local Home Guard and then transferred into Army custody, Hess asked to see the duke, whom he hoped would be sympathetic to his efforts to reach Prime Minister Winston Churchill; their meeting came to nothing.
Hess explained later to various interrogators that the purpose of his unannounced visit was simply to seek peace between Britain and Germany. Churchill derided Hess’s naïve efforts as those of someone without all their mental faculties, and Hitler, too, issued a statement saying that Hess was mentally disordered and “a victim of hallucinations.”
Remaining in custody throughout the war, mostly at Maindiff Court Military Hospital in Abergavenny, Wales, Hess became increasingly paranoid, believing that German agents were trying to kill him by poisoning his food.

Death in Spandau

In 1946, he was tried with the other surviving high-ranking Nazi officials by the International Military Tribunal at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, where he showed signs of amnesia and mental illness. He seemed to take little interest in the proceedings, often making incoherent statements and exhibiting odd behaviors in the courtroom.
Found guilty of “crimes against peace” and “conspiracy with other German leaders to commit crimes,” he was sentenced to life in prison at Spandau Prison where, despite several requests for release on humanitarian grounds, he remained until his suicide in 1987.
Rudolf Hess at the Nuremberg trials.
Rudolf Hess at the Nuremberg trials.
The official news release about Hess’ death said, “Rudolf Hess hung himself from the bar of the window of a small building in the prison garden, using the electric cord of a reading lamp. Efforts were made to resuscitate him. He was rushed to the British Military Hospital, where, after several further efforts, he was pronounced dead at 4:10 pm local time.”
Such a factual statement should have been the end of the story but, as we shall see, a new chapter was just beginning.

Did Hess Have a Doppelgänger?

Hess’s strange attempt to bring about peace negotiations, the odd behavior at his trial, and his subsequent lifelong imprisonment have given rise to many bizarre explanations about his motivation for flying to Scotland, his long incarceration at Spandau as “Prisoner Number Seven” (the last two inmates held at Spandau, except for Hess, were former Third Reich Armaments Minister Albert Speer and former Hitler Youth leader Baldur von Schirach; they were freed in 1966), and questions surrounding his death. Conspiracy theories abound.
Dr. Hugh Thomas, who had been a physician at Spandau and had personally examined Hess closely on several occasions in 1973, has an explosive explanation: Spandau Prisoner Number Seven was actually a “double” for the real Hess!
It is now known that some high-ranking political and military figures in World War II used doubles––stand-ins who resembled the famous person. The use of look-alikes, “political decoys,” or doppelgänger had several advantages; first, a double could attend functions such as social gatherings or review parades while the actual person attended to more important business. Second, enemy spies could be fooled into thinking the real person was in one location when, in fact, he would be entirely elsewhere. Third, in the event of an assassination attempt, it would be the double who would be killed or wounded, not the actual person.
British Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery had a double who bore a striking resemblance to him––an Australian actor named M.E. Clifton James (he later wrote a book and starred in a movie with the same title, I Was Monty’s Double). Winston Churchill apparently did not have a “body double,” but, as rumor has it, had a “voice double”––Norman Shelley––whose manner of speaking was so close to Churchill’s that some believe he made broadcasts over the BBC pretending to be the real prime minister. In Germany, SS chief Heinrich Himmler allegedly had a double, and Adolf Hitler also reportedly had several men who performed “double duty” from time to time.

Dr. Thomas’s Doubts

In his book, Dr. Thomas said that he first became suspicious when he examined Hess and could find no sign of the scarring that Hess’s World War I wounds would have left on his torso. According to Thomas, Hess’s medical records said that he had been shot through the left lung, the bullet entering just above the left armpit and exiting between the spine and left shoulder. Such a wound would have left a visible mark, but Thomas found none.
(This finding of no scars appeared to be confirmed during the two separate autopsies that were performed on Hess’s body; however, when Hess’s full medical records were released, it was revealed that the bullet wound was in a different place than Thomas had claimed, and that scarring from the clean shot was likely minimal.)
Next, Thomas said that the prisoner had frequent bouts of sudden diarrhea whenever he was questioned by the authorities, and that he acted at other times as if he had amnesia. He refused to allow his wife and son to visit him until 1969––perhaps another sign, said Thomas, that Prisoner Number Seven was not, in fact, Hess; they would have immediately noticed dissimilarities between the real Hess and the double; the intervening 28 years would have dulled their memories.
Even the eventual visits by his family members brought no signs of recognition by the prisoner. Thomas said that such behavior is explainable because a double would not necessarily know all the details of the life of the person he is portraying; faking amnesia would absolve the double of his inability to recognize names, dates, and places brought up in conversation.

Two Aircraft?

With suspicions about Prisoner Number Seven’s true identity raising red flags in his mind, Thomas looked deeper into Hess’s background. He reproduced a photograph in his book that purported to show Hess taking off from Augsburg on his fateful May 10 flight. The Bf 110E is shown without long-range drop-tanks, leading Thomas to surmise that the twin-engine plane could not have flown the entire distance from Bavaria to Scotland without refueling––and there is no indication that Hess landed to refuel.
That calculation led Thomas to another theory: that two aircraft were involved.
As “proof” of the latter supposition, Thomas cites the fact that the tail number of the photographed plane in which Hess allegedly flew from Augsburg was not the same as the tail number of the Messerschmitt that crashed in Scotland (today that tail is on display in the Imperial War Museum in London).
However, there is no assurance that the photo in the book of Hess supposedly taking off was a photo of his actual departure; he apparently took some 20 training flights in Bf 110E aircraft before departing for Scotland, so this photo could have been taken of any of them. And if he had flown in a Bf 110E with drop-tanks, he would have had a more-than-adequate range of 1,560 miles.
Rudolf Hess stands in the cockpit of the Me-110 he flew to Scotland prior to a test flight.
Rudolf Hess stands in the cockpit of the Me-110 he flew to Scotland prior to a test flight.
Thomas speculates that, once Hitler learned of Hess’s flight (a flight he viewed as an act of treachery), he ordered Luftwaffe planes to shoot down the Deputy Führer. With the real Hess dead, Hess’s double was then dispatched in a different plane from northern Germany and continued on to Scotland.
Of this theory, one author notes, “The claim is only credible if Göring and others had advance knowledge of the Hess flight, and opposed it, which raises the question of why Hess was allowed to take off from Augsburg in the first place. In the same vein, some have claimed that it would not have been possible for Hess to have flown over German territory without prior authorization, but this is convincingly countered by Roy Nesbit and Georges Van Acker in their book, The Flight of Rudolf Hess(1999).”
Further, in a postwar statement in his 1955 memoir, The First and the Last, Adolf Galland, the future Luftwaffe fighter ace, said that early in the evening of May 10, 1941, he and his entire group had been ordered by Göring to shoot down Hess’s plane. Galland said that he sent up only a token force in response and that Hess was not shot down.

Not Suicide, But Murder?

Eight years after Thomas’s book came out, another bombshell struck: Hess and/or his double didn’t commit suicide. His supposed double was murdered on August 17, 1987, to cover up the fact that he, the double, wasn’t Hess!
It all started with a BBC broadcast on February 28, 1989, in which Abdallah Melaouhi, who had been Hess’s medical attendant at Spandau since August 1982, contradicted the official suicide statement. Melaouhi said that when he entered the temporary summer house in the garden where Hess was said to have hanged himself, he saw that “everything was topsy-turvy, yet the [lamp] cord was in its normal place and still plugged into the wall.” Two Americans in uniform were also there, further arousing the Tunisian orderly’s suspicions.
Also throwing more fuel on the fire were Hess’s son, Wolf Rüdiger Hess, and Alfred Seidl, Rudolf Hess’s lawyer at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. They noted that the elder Hess was in poor shape, medically speaking, and that the arthritis in his fingers was so bad that he could not even tie his shoes, let alone fashion a noose made from a lamp cord. They also asserted that a suicide note was forged.
In addition, in their minds, the two Americans in uniform were, in fact, two secret British MI6 agents who strangled Hess to death.
In May 1989, the conspiracy theory gained new legs. That month, the respected French weekly magazine Le Figaro published an article by Jean-Pax Méfret that suggested Hess’s death was something other than suicide. Méfret based his story on a meeting he said he had had the previous year with an unnamed “Allied officer” stationed in Berlin who told him that Hess did not commit suicide.
The next day, this same officer told Méfret to forget what he had told him, saying that the summer house in which Hess had apparently killed himself had burned down within 48 hours after the event. “Even the cord which Hess supposedly used to hang himself has gone up in smoke,” said the officer. “No one will ever be able to prove that this old Nazi didn’t kill himself.”
The Hess family, too, remained suspicious about the official story of how the 93-year-old prisoner died, and so hired Dr. Wolfgang Spann to perform a second autopsy. Spann’s detailed examination of the marks on Hess’s neck reportedly revealed a different cause of death than that of the Four Powers’ pathologist, J.M. Cameron. Spann’s report noted that Hess had died from strangulation, not by hanging with an electrical cord! However, Spann publicly stated, “We can’t prove a third hand participated in the death of Rudolf Hess.”

Why Kill Rudolf Hess?

If Hess was murdered as the result of some conspiratorial plot, what could have been the motive? Certainly the issue of the cost of keeping him locked up could have been a factor. The price tag for maintaining Spandau Prison, with its 600 empty cells, 100 full-time employees, guard detachments provided by Berlin’s governing Four Powers––France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and the United States–-and only one prisoner was more than $100 million annually.
For years, France, Great Britain, and the United States wanted to close the prison and release the aging Hess, but the Soviets would have none of it. Rudolf Hess would stay in Spandau until he died, they insisted.
While serving sentences in Landsberg Fortress prison for the 1923 Putsch, Hitler (left) and Hess (second from right) pose with fellow Nazi prisoners.
While serving sentences in Landsberg Fortress prison for the 1923 Putsch, Hitler (left) and Hess (second from right) pose with fellow Nazi prisoners.
But why murder a 93-year-old man who was reportedly in poor and failing health? How much longer could he be expected to live? Anyone consulting an actuarial table would conclude that his continued existence would not be a financial burden on the governments of the Four Powers for much longer.
It was only later, when Soviet reformist President Mikhail Gorbachev was in power, that the Russians changed their tune. According to Hess’s son, after the Soviets relented and said that Hess should be released, the British would not allow it, and hatched a plot to do away with his father. But why? To cover up the fact that Prisoner Number Seven was actually a double? Wouldn’t such a disclosure bring about extreme embarrassment for the British, as well as for France and America?

The Many Alternative Theories on the Death of Rudolf Hess

Others began taking pot-shots at Thomas’s theories immediately after the book’s publication and coming up with their own. Since Thomas’s controversial book came out, a plethora of others have been written on the subject (Hess: Flight for the Führer by Peter Padfield; Ten Days That Saved the West by John Costello; Churchill’s Deception by Louis Kilzer; British Secret Service and 17F: The Life of lan Fleming by Donald McCormick; Double Standards by Picknett, Prince, and Prior; and Hess: The British Conspiracy by John Harris and M.J. Trow), each one filled with more conjecture and counter-theories than the last and calling into question the theories advanced by the other authors. They make for fascinating reading but whether or not any of them get any closer to the truth of the matter is debatable.
Perhaps the most authoritative account of Hess’s death came from Lt. Col. Tony Le Tissier, the former British Governor at Spandau Prison. In his 2008 book, Farewell to Spandau, Le Tissier contradicted medical orderly Melaouhi’s statement by pointing out that there were four reading lamps in the summer house and, therefore, more than one cord. The two men in American uniform were medics, not nefarious MI6 agents, who had been called to assist with the attempts to resuscitate Hess, and the “topsy-turvy” furniture had been pushed aside in the course of their previous efforts to revive the prisoner.
As for Hess’s medical condition and supposed debilitating arthritis, Le Tissier said that the prisoner wore a truss and probably found it restricting when bending over to tie his shoelaces, but he could write legibly and thus tie a knot, proving that arthritis did not preclude him from hanging himself.
Perhaps the truth is that there was no conspiracy, no double, no second plane, no murder, no deeper, hidden motive. Perhaps Rudolf Hess, already mentally ill and sick with fear in 1941 about what might happen to his beloved country if Germany invaded the USSR, had only one goal in mind––that of reaching Britain in hopes of making peace. Could such a simple, unadorned explanation be correct, after all?
The official British files relating to Hess that have been kept secret for decades are scheduled to be released to the public in 2016. Perhaps then the world will finally learn the truth about Rudolf Hess.


PS:
The assertion that Hess had a double is far-fetched and belongs into the realms of fantasy!
HKS
   

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

GERMANY UNDER HITLER'S INITIAL RULE

                            A 1938 poster released by the Reichsministry of Public Enlightenment in honor of the Anschluss (unification of Austria and Germany) which occurred just days prior to its publication. It contains the new borders of the unified state and the the famous words "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer!" ("One People, One Empire, One Leader!"), which was the compelling slogan used by the populations of both nations in the campaign to unify the two ethnic-German countries.
  • Adolf Hitler wanted to create a 1,000 year Reich and planned to use his specially-reared Master Race 
  • After coming to power in 1933, Hitler began his attempt of seizing control of every aspect of German life
  • Within a few years, every German child was expected to join the Hitler Youth or the League of German Girls
  • Children were routinely drilled and taught military skills while girls were told to focus on becoming mothers
Skipping, waving flags and playing games. At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking these smiling children were engaging in some of the most wholesome activities of childhood.
But a closer inspection of the photographs reveals that they were actually being indoctrinated as Nazis.

These women belonged to the League of German Girls - the
        female wing of the Hitler Youth. The women were indoctrinated in
        Nazi philosophy and their main aim in life was to become a
        mother and rear perfect children to secure the future of the
        1,000-year Reich. By 1939 all young girls had to become members
        of the group as long as they were 'racially pure' 
These women belonged to the League of German Girls - the female wing of the Hitler Youth. The women were indoctrinated in Nazi philosophy and their main aim in life was to become a mother and rear perfect children to secure the future of the 1,000-year Reich. By 1939 all young girls had to become members of the group as long as they were 'racially pure' 
From 1935, all young men, aged between 18 and 25 had to
        complete six months training with the Reich's Labour Service -
        which was essentially a form of military training. Those
        involved were employed on major public infrastructure projects
        where they received pocket money - but no pay. Works completed
        by the labour service included the new autobahns
From 1935, all young men, aged between 18 and 25 had to complete six months training with the Reich's Labour Service - which was essentially a form of military training. Those involved were employed on major public infrastructure projects where they received pocket money - but no pay. Works completed by the labour service included the new autobahn

The Hitler Youth was established in 1925 and its
          membership was 108,000 by the end of 1932. However, the
          passing of the Hitler Youth Act in 1936 made it incredibly
          difficult for children to avoid joining the organisation, with
          parents suffering at work. Unsurprisingly, by 1939, membership
          was 8 million where the children were indoctrinated into Nazi
          party 

The Hitler Youth was established in 1925 and its membership was 108,000 by the end of 1932. However, the passing of the Hitler Youth Act in 1936 made it incredibly difficult for children to avoid joining the organisation, with parents suffering at work. Unsurprisingly, by 1939, membership was 8 million where the children were indoctrinated into Nazi party

 
German children were indoctrinated on a daily basis and
            forced to raise their arms and chant 'Heil Hitler'. Teachers
            were forced to join the Nazi Party or face suspicion that
            they were opposed to the regime 

German children were indoctrinated on a daily basis and forced to raise their arms and chant 'Heil Hitler'. Teachers were forced to join the Nazi Party or face suspicion that they were opposed to the regime

These children are being evacuated from Berlin in
              1940 over fears they would be killed in bombing raids by
              the RAF. The Nazis initially evacuated children from
              Berlin and Hamburg, but as the war continued, other areas
              were also evacuated. In some cases mothers with young
              children were also evacuated so they would remain safe
              from the intensive bombing 

These children are being evacuated from Berlin in 1940 over fears they would be killed in bombing raids by the RAF. The Nazis initially evacuated children from Berlin and Hamburg, but as the war continued, other areas were also evacuated. In some cases mothers with young children were also evacuated so they would remain safe from the intensive bombing

Members of the League of German Girls, pictured,
                received political indoctrination but did not receive
                any academic training as the regime saw their primary
                purpose as becoming mothers to create Hitler's idea of a
                'master race' 

Members of the League of German Girls, pictured, received political indoctrination but did not receive any academic training as the regime saw their primary purpose as becoming mothers to create Hitler's idea of a 'master race'

These young children are buying a frozen ice
                  cream from a street vendor in Berlin in 1934

These young children are buying a frozen ice cream from a street vendor in Berlin in 1934


These members of the SA - the original internal
                    police force of the Nazi Party - until they were
                    brutally replaced by Heinrich Himmler's SS - along
                    with a boy in the Hitler Youth are holding a
                    demonstration outside a church in Berlin on July 23,
                    1933, a week after he abolished all opposition
                    political parties having earlier scrapped Trades
                    Unions 

These members of the SA - the original internal police force of the Nazi Party - until they were brutally replaced by Heinrich Himmler's SS - along with a boy in the Hitler Youth are holding a demonstration outside a church in Berlin on July 23, 1933, a week after he abolished all opposition political parties having earlier scrapped Trades Unions

These Hitler Youth boys wearing gas masks in 1933 are being indoctrinated into the Nazi Party. The Hitler Youth's main focus was dramatically expanding the size of the army, teaching youngsters how to shoot, march, and read a map - all skills which are needed by soldiers - however, by late 1944 and early 1945 Hitler Youth was involved in the defence of Berlin

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Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on FacebookThese Hitler Youth boys wearing gas masks in
                      1933 are being indoctrinated into the Nazi Party.
                      The Hitler Youth's main focus was dramatically
                      expanding the size of the army, teaching
                      youngsters how to shoot, march, and read a map -
                      all skills which are needed by soldiers - however,
                      by late 1944 and early 1945 Hitler Youth was
                      involved in the defence of Berlin

These Hitler Youth boys wearing gas masks in 1933 are being indoctrinated into the Nazi Party. The Hitler Youth's main focus was dramatically expanding the size of the army, teaching youngsters how to shoot, march, and read a map - all skills which are needed by soldiers - however, by late 1944 and early 1945 Hitler Youth was involved in the defence of Berlin


These children are part of the Lebensborn
                        Program - where parents deemed to be racially
                        pure - were selected to create the 'master race'
                        of blond hair, blue eyed children to form the
                        backbone of the thousand year Reich. The scheme
                        was developed by Heinrich Himmler and saw 8,000
                        children born in Germany and a further 12,000 in
                        Norway in special maternity units 

These children are part of the Lebensborn Program - where parents deemed to be racially pure - were selected to create the 'master race' of blond hair, blue eyed children to form the backbone of the thousand year Reich. The scheme was developed by Heinrich Himmler and saw 8,000 children born in Germany and a further 12,000 in Norway in special maternity units


Members of the Hitler Youth wore
                        military-style uniforms. Hitler told the
                        Nuremberg Rally in 1935: 'In our eyes the German
                        boy of the future must be slender and supple,
                        swift as greyhounds, tough as leather and hard
                        as Krupp steel. We must bring up a new type of
                        human being, men and girls who are disciplined
                        and healthy to the core. We have undertaken to
                        give the German people an education that begins
                        already in youth and will never come to an
                        end... Nobody will be able to say that he has a
                        time in which he is left entirely alone to
                        himself'

Members of the Hitler Youth wore military-style uniforms. Hitler told the Nuremberg Rally in 1935: 'In our eyes the German boy of the future must be slender and supple, swift as greyhounds, tough as leather and hard as Krupp steel. We must bring up a new type of human being, men and girls who are disciplined and healthy to the core. We have undertaken to give the German people an education that begins already in youth and will never come to an end... Nobody will be able to say that he has a time in which he is left entirely alone to himself'


In October 1940, this photograph of a
                          school in the Silesia region of Poland, shows
                          a teacher wearing a Nazi uniform. The school
                          curriculum changed dramatically after Hitler
                          came to power, focusing on racial biology and
                          population policy 

In October 1940, this photograph of a school in the Silesia region of Poland, shows a teacher wearing a Nazi uniform. The school curriculum changed dramatically after Hitler came to power, focusing on racial biology and population polic


These two SS men are at the christening of
                        a baby in 1936, three years before the start of
                        the Second World War. The SS were Hitler's
                        personal bodyguard and were under the command of
                        Heinrich Himmler. The SS replaced the SA as the
                        party's police

These two SS men are at the christening of a baby in 1936, three years before the start of the Second World War. The SS were Hitler's personal bodyguard and were under the command of Heinrich Himmler. The SS replaced the SA as the party's police

Reich Bishop Ludwig Muller, pictured in
                        Berlin Cathedral in September 1934, was an early
                        supporter of the Nazi Party. He attempted to
                        combine elements of Christianity with Nazi
                        philosophy, including the claim that Jesus was
                        an Aryan 
Reich Bishop Ludwig Muller, pictured in Berlin Cathedral in September 1934, was an early supporter of the Nazi Party. He attempted to combine elements of Christianity with Nazi philosophy, including the claim that Jesus was an Aryan

The Hitler Youth spent a great deal of
                          time camping as it was seen as a great
                          preparation for military life, as well as
                          giving the boys many of the skills required
                          for soldiering and developing a fanatical
                          loyalty to the regime and Adolf Hitler 
The Hitler Youth spent a great deal of time camping as it was seen as a great preparation for military life, as well as giving the boys many of the skills required for soldiering and developing a fanatical loyalty to the regime and Adolf Hitler
 
This newly married couple are
                            inspecting their rings at an unspecified
                            location in 1944. Eventually, all newlyweds
                            received a copy of Hitler's book Mein Kampf
                            as well as all soldiers heading to the front
                            - which made the Fuhrer incredibly wealthy
This newly married couple are inspecting their rings at an unspecified location in 1944. Eventually, all newlyweds received a copy of Hitler's book Mein Kampf as well as all soldiers heading to the front - which made the Fuhrer incredibly wealthy


Children with mental handicaps such
                              as Down's Syndrome were forcibly
                              sterilised by the Nazis to prevent them
                              from having children of their own such was
                              the leadership's obsession with racial and
                              physical purity 

Children with mental handicaps such as Down's Syndrome were forcibly sterilised by the Nazis to prevent them from having children of their own such was the leadership's obsession with racial and physical purity


Pieter Schelte Heerema, pictured on his
                          wedding day in December 1942, was a senior
                          officer in the SS and was involved in sending
                          unemployed Dutch men to Nazi occupied areas in
                          Eastern Europe. He became a member of the
                          Dutch resistance after 1943 but was jailed
                          briefly at the end of the war for his role 
Pieter Schelte Heerema, pictured on his wedding day in December 1942, was a senior officer in the SS and was involved in sending unemployed Dutch men to Nazi occupied areas in Eastern Europe. He became a member of the Dutch resistance after 1943 but was jailed briefly at the end of the war for his role








These two SA men are attaching a sign to
                          the front of this Jewish-owned store in Berlin
                          on April 1, 1933 - less than three months
                          after Hitler came to power - urging people to
                          boycott the shop because of the religion of
                          its owners 

These two SA men are attaching a sign to the front of this Jewish-owned store in Berlin on April 1, 1933 - less than three months after Hitler came to power - urging people to boycott the shop because of the religion of its owners

This is some early anti-Semitic
                            propaganda with a sign titled 'The Jews are
                            our Misfortune'. The purpose of the
                            propaganda was to degrade and dehumanise
                            Jewish people to allow them to be
                            scapegoated and blamed for all of German's
                            problems 

This is some early anti-Semitic propaganda with a sign titled 'The Jews are our Misfortune'. The purpose of the propaganda was to degrade and dehumanise Jewish people to allow them to be scapegoated and blamed for all of German's problems

This Jewish shop was vandalised in
                              Berlin in the aftermath of Kristallnacht -
                              the night of the broken glass - in
                              November 1938. The Nazi party's own police
                              force, the SA was responsible for the
                              outbreak of violence on November 9 and 10.
                              As well as targeting Jewish stores and
                              offices, the SA burned more than 260
                              synagogues across Germany and Austria 

This Jewish shop was vandalised in Berlin in the aftermath of Kristallnacht - the night of the broken glass - in November 1938. The Nazi party's own police force, the SA was responsible for the outbreak of violence on November 9 and 10. As well as targeting Jewish stores and offices, the SA burned more than 260 synagogues across Germany and Austria

Before the outbreak of the Second
                                World War, many Jewish people tried to
                                leave Germany as the brutal repression
                                they faced increased dramatically since
                                the Nazis came to power in 1933. The
                                Nazi party used propaganda to dehumanise
                                Jewish people. This group of Jewish
                                people are queuing up outside a travel
                                agent in January 1939 in the hope of
                                moving to Palestine 
Before the outbreak of the Second World War, many Jewish people tried to leave Germany as the brutal repression they faced increased dramatically since the Nazis came to power in 1933. The Nazi party used propaganda to dehumanise Jewish people. This group of Jewish people are queuing up outside a travel agent in January 1939 in the hope of moving to Palestine



This Jewish woman in Poland in
                                  1940 is looking at the items on sale
                                  from a street vendor. More than
                                  400,000 Jewish people were packed into
                                  a three square mile area of Warsaw in
                                  the largest Jewish ghetto in Europe -
                                  where 300,000 are believed to have
                                  either been shot or gassed, while a
                                  further 90,000 died of hunger based
                                  illness or disease 


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                 WWII
                                     
                                                                            Sorry, Adolf, but you left nothing but ruins behind


                            

                                                  The Reichsadler in Berchtesgaden still looks in the direction of the Berghof




                              1945 War is over, Berlin destroyed!

                                                                                                          Adolf, your pride, and joy!



                                                       Now, Uncle Adolf 0 this is what you promised for the German worker:




  • The Prora resort on Rugan island is now a high desirable holiday complex boasting modern apartments 
  • Originally, the site was built by Hitler between 1936 and 1939 as 'Baltic Butlin's' for 20,000 workers
  • Plans were abandoned as the leader focused attention on the war effort and it lay untouched for decades
  • New pictures show how the drab and partly derelict site has been transformed by developers 

  • NOW ONLY PLUTOCCRATS YOU DID NOT LIKE CAN AFFORD THE DREAM OF GERMAN WORKERS - YOU SPENT A LOT OF MONEY AND LOST THWAR




  • New pictures show the transformation of a massive Nazi holiday camp built by Adolf Hitler into a luxury resort on one of Germany's finest beaches. 
    Flats at the Prora resort now sell for just over £500,000 in what was once a dull and grey concrete shell that was abandoned at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. 
    The resort, on Rügen island lay virtually untouched for decades after it was abandoned by Hitler in 1939 on the outbreak of World War II until it was taken over by developers Prora Solitaire.
    But the site is now unrecognizable from the concrete sprawl that lay empty for decades, with the drab buildings now look transformed into desirable seaside holiday homes, complete with luxury interiors and swimming pools. 
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    The apartments sell at up to £500,000 each and have now been snapped up by buyers, though there are still a handful on the market
    The apartments sell at up to £500,000 each and have now been snapped up by buyers, though there are still a handful on the market
    Where there were once empty concrete shells, the flats now have bright and attractive interiors with plants and chandeliers 
    Where there were once empty concrete shells, the flats now have bright and attractive interiors with plants and chandeliers 
    The building work is being finished off at the site. Originally, each flat was meant to house eight people crammed into them but they now boast balconies.
    The building work is being finished off at the site. Originally, each flat was meant to house eight people crammed into them but they now boast balconies.
    The near the beach at the Prora building complex on Ruegen Island Prora was originally commissioned by Adolf Hitler as a massive, thre mile long beach holiday resort complex for German workers under a program called Strength through Joy
    The near the beach at the Prora building complex on Ruegen Island Prora was originally commissioned by Adolf Hitler as a massive, thre mile long beach holiday resort complex for German workers under a program called Strength through Joy
    The site was abandoned at the start of the Second World War in 1939 and housed East German soldiers during the Cold War before being bought by developers and transformed
    The site was abandoned at the start of the Second World War in 1939 and housed East German soldiers during the Cold War before being bought by developers and transformed
    The site was abandoned at the start of the Second World War in 1939 and housed East German soldiers during the Cold War before being bought by developers and transformed 
    Senior Nazi Robert Ley laying the foundation stone at Hitler's 'dream resort'. The original plans has a festival hall that could accommodate 20,000 people
    Senior Nazi Robert Ley laying the foundation stone at Hitler's 'dream resort'. The original plans has a festival hall that could accommodate 20,000 people
    Historian Katja Lucke, who runs a museum on the island, believes the site may never live down its Nazi past. She said: 'This is a place where 20,000 people were to be groomed to work and wage war.'
    Historian Katja Lucke, who runs a museum on the island, believes the site may never live down its Nazi past. She said: 'This is a place where 20,000 people were to be groomed to work and wage war.'
    95 per cent flats at the former Nazi camp, now transformed into apartments, have already been snapped up by buyers
    95 per cent flats at the former Nazi camp, now transformed into apartments, have already been snapped up by buyers
    Now developers Prora Solitaire has opened one of the complex's eight blocks at a sprawling luxury apartment block, with three more to follow
    Now developers Prora Solitaire has opened one of the complex's eight blocks at a sprawling luxury apartment block, with three more to follow
    New images released by the developers after the first block opened have revealed what the apartments look like inside
    Bedrooms are pictured with modern art o the clean, white walls
    New images released by the developers after the first block opened have revealed what the apartments look like inside
    The kitchens - now ready for the buyers to use - feature granite-style worktops, clean angles and modern appliances 
    The kitchens - now ready for the buyers to use - feature granite-style worktops, clean angles and modern appliances 
    The glamorous rooms (pictured) in the luxurious resort have opened and could be a fresh chapter in the story of an idea that was all but abandoned more than 60 years ago
    The glamorous rooms (pictured) in the luxurious resort have opened and could be a fresh chapter in the story of an idea that was all but abandoned more than 60 years ago
    Pictures released before it was built gave an impression of what the exclusive resort might look like when it was finished
    Pictures released before it was built gave an impression of what the exclusive resort might look like when it was finished
    The haunting holiday camp that was built as a relaxing, seaside retreat for hardworking Nazis has now opened for guests
    The haunting holiday camp that was built as a relaxing, seaside retreat for hardworking Nazis has now opened for guests

    Prora was built by Adolf Hitler between 1936 and 1939, on Rügen, Germany's largest island, but never saw a guest through its doors, until recent real estate developments

    Boasting over 10,000 rooms, it was intended as the Third Reich's equivalent of Butlin's, but construction ceased when the Nazi leader chose to focus on the looming World War 2
    Glossy interiors (pictured, artists' impressions) await the owner of the luxury apartments, most of which have now been sold
    Glossy interiors (pictured, artists' impressions) await the owner of the luxury apartments, most of which have now been sold
    Condos can be bought for between £125,000 and £900,000, for those who want a permanent plot of Prora (pictured, artists' impressions)
    Condos can be bought for between £125,000 and £900,000, for those who want a permanent plot of Prora (pictured, artists' impressions)
    Prora: A look at Hitler's colossal Nazi-planned holiday retreat

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                                            SHAME ON YOU UNCLE ADOILF,  WHEREVER YOUR ASHES MAY HAVE FINISHED UP