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Colditz Castel Photo: EPA
Colditz Castel Photo: EPA

Germany: Nazi prison reborn as tourist hotel

Notorious Nazi POW camp in southern Germany revamped, offers history buffs 'the prisoner experience'

Published: 04.10.12, 09:56 / Israel Travel

Colditz Castel, once a notorious World War II prison has been revamped and is now a tourist hotel, Britain's The Sun reported.


British tour company the "War Research Society" has began marketing the southern Germany resort to those looking for the "prisoner experience."


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During the war, Colditz Castle housed Allied officers who were captured by the Nazis, and also served as living quarters and offices by the SS.


Vacation, POW style. Colditz Castel (Photo: EPA)


"Guests get a three-hour tour of tunnels and hidden rooms used by POWs in ingenious escape attempts," the reort said.


"The accommodation is Spartan but the idea is to give people an idea of what it was like to be there as a POW," official Alex Bulloch said.


"Colditz is the trip of a lifetime for anyone interested in this aspect of the war. To stay under the same roof as the Allied officers is incredible."


For 100 years Colditz served as a shelter for the poor as well as a mental institution. During World War II, it housed troublesome British officers who had already made repeated breakout bids from prison camps.


More than 30 prisoners escaped from Colditz before US troops came to the rescue in 1945, according to The Sun.



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