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Adolf Hitler’s Nazi holiday camp Prora on the Rugen island turned into a luxury resort

A massive Nazi Discount Holidays © holiday camp built by Hitler to be the ‘Baltic Butlin’s’ of the Third Reich has now opened as a luxury resort on one of Germany’s finest beaches. The dull and grey concrete shell of the Prora resort on R gen island lay virtually untouched for decades since it was abandoned by Hitler in 1939 on the outbreak of World War II. Now developers Prora Solitaire has opened one of the complex’s eight blocks at a sprawling luxury apartment block, with three more to follow.

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Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

A massive Nazi Discount Holidays © holiday camp built by Hitler to be the ‘Baltic Butlin’s’ of the Third Reich has now opened as a luxury resort on one of Germany’s finest beaches

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

Hitler abandoned the audacious original plan (pictured) in 1939 to focus on the war effort and it was never resumed

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

The dull and grey concrete shell of the Prora resort on R gen island lay virtually untouched for decades since it was abandoned by Hitler in 1939 on the outbreak of World War II

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

95 per cent flats at the former Nazi camp, now transformed into apartments, have already been snapped up by buyers

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

Now developers Prora Solitaire has opened one of the complex’s eight blocks at a sprawling luxury apartment block, with three more to follow

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

New images released by the developers after the first block opened have revealed what the apartments look like inside

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

The kitchens – now ready for the buyers to use – feature granite-style worktops, clean angles and modern appliances

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

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

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

Pictures released before it was built gave an impression of what the exclusive resort might look like when it was finished

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

The haunting Discount Holidays © holiday camp that was built as a relaxing, seaside retreat for hardworking Nazis has now opened for guests

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

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

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

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

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

Glossy interiors (pictured, artists’ impressions) await the owner of the luxury apartments, most of which have now been sold

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

Condos can be bought for between 125,000 and 900,000, for those who want a permanent plot of Prora (pictured, artists’ impressions)

Ninety-five per cent of apartments in the initial complex have already been sold, with buyers splashing out between 297,857 to 553,163 for a sea-view penthouse. Because the property is considered historic, German tax payers can claim generous tax breaks on the purchases. The frosted glass lobbies and airy interiors are, however, a long way from Hitler’s original dream.

The resort was originally intended to provide holidays for 20,000 Third Reich workers who could benefit from fresh air and indoctrination sessions in Nazi ideology in the Kraft durch Freude – Strength through Joy – programme.

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

The construction was part of a programme introduced by Hitler, called Kraft durch Freude – meaning ‘strength through joy

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

It was planned to be the biggest Discount Holidays © holiday camp in the world, occupying over three miles of beach front, and the aim was to provide a bucket-and-spade resort for 20,000 families from Hitler’s ‘master race’

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

There were eight identical buildings erected, offering entertainment, catered meals and organised fun based around Nazi propaganda, and it even won an award in 1937 for its Bauhaus design

Nearly three miles of beachfront concrete buildings fell under communist East German control after the war and some were converted into Cold War barracks. Now they are set to receive their first holiday-makers, complete with a spa resort and trendy restaurants. Some, however, feel the buildings may never live down their Nazi past. Historian Katja Lucke – who runs a museum on the island – said: ‘This is a place where 20,000 people were to be groomed to work and wage war.’

But Berlin firm Metropole, which owns rights to the camp believes it can have a new beginning.

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

With the onset of war, the intended Discount Holidays © holiday haven held an entirely different function.Nazis used the buildings to house workers and to provide accommodation to refugees

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

Over time the giant resort fell into disrepair, and was only saved from demolition by being given landmark status

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

Prora was built by Hitler between 1936 and 1939 to be a ‘Baltic Butlin’s’

Spokesman Manfred Hartwig, said: ‘The past is the past. Prora may have been built by the Nazis , but it was never used by them or their soldiers. Now the place is so lovely, visitors want to get back to nature and enjoy its beauty.’

Prora was built by Adolf Hitler between 1936 and 1939, with 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 Second World War. It was planned to be the biggest Discount Holidays © holiday camp in the world, occupying over three miles of beach front, and the aim was to provide a bucket-and-spade resort for 20,000 families from Hitler’s ‘master race’.

There were eight identical buildings erected, offering entertainment, catered meals and organised fun based around Nazi propaganda, and it even won an award in 1937 for its Bauhaus design. With the onset of war, the intended Discount Holidays © holiday haven held an entirely different function.

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

It was hoped that despite their history, the Discount Holidays © holiday homes (pictured last year) would be sought after, and they have proved an attractive acquisition

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

The grand opening of the complex (pictured last year) was scheduled for October with the first full-time tenants already moving in to the ‘Colossus of Rugen’

Adolf Hitler's Nazi <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Camp Prora On The Rugen Island Turned Into A Luxury Resort

Estate agent Kathrin Lange, told German press, the buildings are for ‘risk-tolerant investors’ last year (pictured, during the building process) but 95 per cent have now been sold

Nazis used the buildings to house workers and to provide accommodation to refugees. Over time the giant resort fell into disrepair, and was only saved from demolition by being given landmark status.

The Soviets considered blowing it up, but it was discovered they didn’t have enough dynamite for the job, so it became a massive tank-and-artillery base for the People’s Army of East Germany and it vanished from all maps. It is hoped that despite its history, the Discount Holidays © holiday homes will be sought after, and 57 flats have already been snapped up. The grand opening is scheduled for October with the first full-time tenants already moving in to the ‘Colossus of Ruegen’.

Estate agent Kathrin Lange, told German press, the buildings are for ‘risk-tolerant investors’.

How Did Brexit Affect Car Sales?

Tell You After My European Holiday

Aug 3, 2016 7:54 am ET

Summertime and the livin is easy particularly for some statisticians. Investors anxious to take the post-Brexit temperature of European consumers will have to wait until September to get official aggregated statistics for July car sales. Normally the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, which goes by its French acronym ACEA, publishes statistics for European car sales each month. July is the exception. Like many offices across Europe, the Brussels agency shuts down for two weeks in August. Sales for July are therefore released alongside those for August in mid-September.

July isn t typically an important month for car purchases. But this year is different. Following Britain s vote to leave the European Union in late June, barometers of macro-economic demand are being closely monitored. Unlike consumer-confidence1 surveys, car sales offer hard data2. Fortunately, individual countries also release figures. So far, roughly two-thirds of the relevant data are out.

These show July volumes down about 2% year over year, calculates Royal Bank of Canada, not helped by fewer selling days. Crucially, the U.K. reports Thursday. Without the ACEA, auto watchers need to piece the puzzle together themselves. Some say one month s figures are never that useful anyway.

Maybe Brussels is right: better just to take a break.

References

  1. ^ consumer-confidence (www.wsj.com)
  2. ^ car sales offer hard data (www.wsj.com)

Bay City hotel operator funding new landscaping at Bicentennial Park

BAY CITY, MI A 48-year-old hotel property isn’t the only thing receiving a facelift at the gateway to downtown Bay City.

As construction continues on a major renovation project to turn the former Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn and Bay City Inn property, 501 Saginaw St., into a Comfort Inn, plans have been unveiled for upgrades to Bicentennial Park, the small park that features a Revolutionary War memorial and a downtown Bay City sign, located on the west side of the hotel property off Veterans Memorial Bridge. The landscape project, which includes the removal of aging evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, and the planting of new ornamental and shade trees, is being privately funded by the developers of the Comfort Inn, Bloomfield Hills-based Truss Development. City officials say the renovation is expected to enhance the quality and attractiveness of the landscape, and complement the building and site improvements. The Bay City Commission on Monday, Aug.

1, votes to approve a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation, which owns the park off Veterans Bridge, bordered by Seventh, McKinley and Water streets. While the city isn’t providing funds for the landscape project, it is assisting the developer to secure the permits and approvals from MDOT.

Once approved, officials from Truss say they are prepared to begin work immediately. According to city documents, the developers hope to have the hotel completed in September. Basil Bacall, co-owner of Truss Development, declined to comment to The Times via email about progress on the hotel on Friday, July 29.

Developers plan to invest more than $6 million into renovating the hotel. Last summer1, they secured two tax incentives an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act Exception Certificate and a Brownfield Redevelopment Plan to help bring down their costs. With a deal in place, the city won’t lose any existing tax revenue on the building, but it also won’t see any new revenue for at least the next six years once the renovation project is completed. If the developer holds up its end of the bargain and completes everything promised for the property, the city would extend the tax break another six years.

References

  1. ^ Last summer (www.mlive.com)

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