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Mein summer camp: How wanted Nazis to become largest tour operator Butlins-style holiday resorts

06:53 GMT, 28 April



Secret files have been that reveal how Hitler his party to become the world’s tour operator with camps modelled on the British chain.

The long-lost plans for a of ‘super-resorts’ accommodating 20,000 Nazis at a time were in the state archive of Greifswald in Germany.

One of the papers revealed how the envisioned ‘British holiday designed to provide affordable for the average worker’.

Sprawling: The 2.5 long complex in Prora on the island Ruegen was the first of holiday camps. It was abandoned the war broke out

The bundle of 62-pages, which found last week, plans from Dr Robert the Nazi head of the German Front, for the sprawling Prora

The concrete complex on the Baltic of Ruegen was the only holiday actually built under the and stands to this day.

But the 2.5 of empty sea-facing flats had a single holidaymaker stay in as the war came along just before the first tourists due to arrive.

‘Seaside Resorts for the Man’ was the name of the scheme was organised by the Nazi leisure ‘Strength Through Joy.’

The Nazi beach resort has into disrepair and suffered of vandalism although now a number of the are set to be converted into luxury

As the Nazis controlled all other of society — work, music, the arts, science, agricultural and food — so became another human worthy of party governance.

The Greifswald documents show plans for formations of labour in their tens of thousands to the hotels along Germany’s and North Sea coastlines.

The plans far advanced and building permits found in the archives which permission for their construction months before the Second War broke out in September 1939 the German invasion of Poland.

detail how Hitler ordered the communities to be virtually self-sufficient, electricity generating stations and treatment plants on site.

Rostock, leader of the Prora centre, said: ‘The are an invaluable addition to understanding the history of the bathing resorts the Nazis planned on such a scale.’

A total of five were for the Nazis to take loyal workers on holidays where the was pure propaganda and daylight were to be taken up with exercises, courses and talks.

Redcoats dance with a of women at Butlins in Skegness the kind of scene that wanted to replicate with his camps

Success: Hundreds of gather at the Butlins resort in The resorts have prospered the years unlike Hitler’s were abandoned

But the pages of show that the Nazis from cost overruns the same as today’s big-project

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Hitler: The leader wanted to holiday resorts for ‘the man’

Robert Ley, the organiser tasked with the labour battallions to construct the ordered that Prora, it was begun in 1936, should no more than the equivalent of 25 million pounds soon to 750 million pounds.

In a memo a frantic Ley said: must avoid the impression at all that an enormous amount of is being wasted here might be better used for

But so determined was Hitler to become than Thomas Cook,’ in the of one German historian, that were found to construct and the other resorts.

The Nazis approved the building of two cruise called the Wilhelm Gustloff and the Ley to transport loyal party on cruises that would end up at one of the five planned resorts.

The concept was for 110,000 Nazi and party bigwigs to be on vacation at the at any one time.

Rostock added; ‘The show us that Ley’s goal was to have 14 million workers a year holidaying at vast coastal sites year for a week at a time.’

Prora was built and the other planned for near Hamburg, Bremen and Usedom were completed.

Prora became the white elephant of all time. a single Nazi worker the beach lounger for his own war had broken

It was taken over as a Soviet barracks at the end of WW2 and now the 2.5 miles of sea-facing form Germany’s biggest building site.

While of it house a museum and a youth plans are in the pipeline to realise dream 66 years after his with the refurbishment of several into luxury apartments.

But unlike the planned subsidised envisaged for the ‘small man’ ago, these will many hundreds of thousands of

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