Liechtenstein firm buys of Nazi-era holiday resort

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1 December 2004 , PRORA - The mystery buyer of the ruins of part of a former Nazi-era holiday complex in Germany has been revealed as a firm based in the Principality of Liechtenstein. Raymund Karg, manager of the Federal Property Office, confirmed a radio report that the resort of Prora on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen had been bought by market research firm Uniconsulta. Martin Gstoehl, a member of the company's board, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa the firm had some ideas for the complex but would no

1 December 2004

PRORA - The mystery buyer of the ruins of part of a former Nazi-era holiday complex in Germany has been revealed as a firm based in the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Raymund Karg, manager of the Federal Property Office, confirmed a radio report that the resort of Prora on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen had been bought by market research firm Uniconsulta.

Martin Gstoehl, a member of the company's board, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa the firm had some ideas for the complex but would not elaborate.

The resort's sale at auction in September for EUR 625,000 - five times the reserve price - to an unknown buyer had led to speculation over the owner and even fears it could have been bought by neo-Nazis.

Sprawling 4.5 kilometres along white-sand beaches, 77 hectares of the complex - around half - was sold by the German government in an auction of some 80 properties.

The holiday site was to house 20,000 vacationers in 8,000 rooms as part of Hitler's so-called Strength Through Joy programme to make soldiers fit for war and workers strong for production.

But work was halted in 1943 and no holidaymakers ever stayed there. It was used as a makeshift hospital, accommodation for refugees from bombed out cities and those fleeing the invading Soviet Red Army, and after the war by the former East German army.

DPA

Subject: German news

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