The lakeside villa was Berlin’s gift to Joseph Goebbels. The infamous Nazi propaganda minister used it as a secret “love nest” in which to consummate his countless affairs and as a tranquil refuge from where he composed tirades against the Jews in order to please Adolf Hitler.
Yet sixty nine years after Goebbels and his wife murdered their six children and then committed suicide in a garden above Hitler’s Berlin bunker, the Nazi minister’s Haus am Bogensee villa survives intact, overgrown and empty in a lost corner of East Germany just 24 miles north of the capital.
The Berlin city government, which owns the listed 70-room lakeside complex completed in 1939, has been trying in vain since Germany’s reunification to find a buyer for the Goebbels’ villa.
But its unsavoury past has deterred prospective investors and Berlin is concerned that neo-Nazis might bid for the complex in disguise.
Obviously, anything done with it should be tasteful. And would necessarily have to counter those Nazi connotations in some manner.
So, brothels are legal in Germany. Set one up devoted to miscegenation. With Slavs, Africans and all the rest that the Nazis despised. That’s who the likely staff would be anyway. So why not make the most of it.
It would certainly get the publicity, wouldn’t it?