“I donate the land to anyone who wants it back”: Berlin tries to get rid of Goebbels’ former villa

“I donate the land to anyone who wants it back”: Berlin tries to get rid of Goebbels’ former villa
“I donate the land to anyone who wants it back”: Berlin tries to get rid of Goebbels’ former villa

VShard to maintain, difficult to destroy, difficult to sell… The former villa of Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, is a burden for the municipality of Berlin which now says it is ready to give it away.

The city-state of Berlin has been struggling for years to find a second life for this once luxurious property built near a lake, on a vast 17 hectare property, in the countryside surrounding the German capital.

“I am donating the land to anyone who would like it back, it is a gift from the state of Berlin,” said finance official Stefan Evers during a discussion on Thursday in the Berlin Chamber of Deputies, hoping put an end to this endless debate.

The property is located about 40 kilometers from Berlin, in the state of Brandenburg, but neither the latter nor the federal government are interested in such a “generous gift”, he added.

Joseph Goebbels was offered the land in 1936, having the vast residence built there with funding from the UFA, the powerful film production company over which he reigned supreme.

The U-shaped building housed a private cinema room and spacious living rooms with a view of Lake Bogensee, where Goebbels received stars, personalities and mistresses.

The “Goebbels villa” is all the more cumbersome because it prevents any new use of another local vestige of Germany’s tumultuous history: a vast complex erected after the war by the authorities of the former GDR on the same land as Hitler’s minister’s house, in the middle of the forest.

In 2016, the Berlin Real Estate Fund decided not to sell the already dilapidated “Villa Goebbels” “for fear that it would fall into the wrong hands” and “become a place of pilgrimage for the Nazis”.

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