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Germany: Former Nazi bunker to become green space in Hamburg's St. Pauli04:01

Germany: Former Nazi bunker to become green space in Hamburg's St. Pauli

Германия, Hamburg
3 November, 2019 в 19:35 GMT +00:00 · Опубликовано

A former Nazi bunker in Hamburg's St. Pauli neighbourhood is being redeveloped into a luxury hotel and public free spaces for locals and neighbours, as shown in footage filmed on Sunday.

Speaking during an interview, Urte Ussling, a representative of the residents' association that is responsible for parts of the redesign, stressed the importance of making the location available for the public free of charge.

"There are many people right now who are visiting this space - it has become the media bunker. Many universities are here, music schools, studios, music clubs and a music store, and people spend their time here or buy music instruments, or dance, without knowing where exactly they are. We say that such a bunker doesn't tell you anything by itself. You don't know what happened here when you are standing in front of it. You have to give people an understanding of the history," Ussling added as she spoke about a planned memorial that will be established in the future building. "For there is not even a plaque downstairs saying what this bunker had been," she said.

She also expressed concern that the future building could attract visitors from the far-right, expressing hope that the leftist image of association and St. Pauli in general will prevent a sporting of 'brown' sentiments on the planned five-storey rooftop annex.

The 40 metre (130 ft) bunker was one of two so-called flak towers. It was built by forced labourers in 1942-1944 and was used to propagate the might of the Nazi regime. Up to 25,000 people sought safety in the bunker from airstrikes. Today the building houses music clubs, stores and universities.

The redevelopment is expected to be completed in 2021 according to the contracts, confirmed Ussling.

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A former Nazi bunker in Hamburg's St. Pauli neighbourhood is being redeveloped into a luxury hotel and public free spaces for locals and neighbours, as shown in footage filmed on Sunday.

Speaking during an interview, Urte Ussling, a representative of the residents' association that is responsible for parts of the redesign, stressed the importance of making the location available for the public free of charge.

"There are many people right now who are visiting this space - it has become the media bunker. Many universities are here, music schools, studios, music clubs and a music store, and people spend their time here or buy music instruments, or dance, without knowing where exactly they are. We say that such a bunker doesn't tell you anything by itself. You don't know what happened here when you are standing in front of it. You have to give people an understanding of the history," Ussling added as she spoke about a planned memorial that will be established in the future building. "For there is not even a plaque downstairs saying what this bunker had been," she said.

She also expressed concern that the future building could attract visitors from the far-right, expressing hope that the leftist image of association and St. Pauli in general will prevent a sporting of 'brown' sentiments on the planned five-storey rooftop annex.

The 40 metre (130 ft) bunker was one of two so-called flak towers. It was built by forced labourers in 1942-1944 and was used to propagate the might of the Nazi regime. Up to 25,000 people sought safety in the bunker from airstrikes. Today the building houses music clubs, stores and universities.

The redevelopment is expected to be completed in 2021 according to the contracts, confirmed Ussling.