Joseph Goebbel's villa is up for sale

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10 February 2005, BERLIN - A sprawling villa formerly belonging to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels has been put up for sale by the city of Berlin. The 70-room Villa Waldhof near the capital on Bogensee lake, empty since 1999, has become a financial drag to Berlin given the capital's empty coffers, said Bild newspaper. Given to Goebbels in 1936, the villa was radically expanded and nicknamed "Goebbels' Love Nest" by locals given the numerous affairs the Nazi boss had with Third Reich film stars, said

10 February 2005

BERLIN - A sprawling villa formerly belonging to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels has been put up for sale by the city of Berlin.

The 70-room Villa Waldhof near the capital on Bogensee lake, empty since 1999, has become a financial drag to Berlin given the capital's empty coffers, said Bild newspaper.

Given to Goebbels in 1936, the villa was radically expanded and nicknamed "Goebbels' Love Nest" by locals given the numerous affairs the Nazi boss had with Third Reich film stars, said the paper.

In 1943 Goebbels moved his family to the idyllic villa about 40 kilometres northeast of Berlin to avoid nightly air raids on the German capital.

Following the Nazi defeat in 1945 the villa was turned over to the East German communist youth movement, the Free German Youth (FDJ) under the later East German leader Erich Honecker.

A successor youth organization which used the villa after the 1990 German reunification went bankrupt in 1999. Since then the city of Berlin has been trying to find a use for the property and has now decided to sell it as a potential hotel or private university campus, said Bild.

DPA

Subject: German news

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