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    Waldhaus am Bogensee

    by alancollins Updated Apr 25, 2015

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    In 1936 the State of Berlin gave Joseph Goebbels a 200 hectare piece of land at Bogensee. There was a small log cabin which Goebbels used during his affair with Lida Baarova. In 1939 a spacious house in the shape of a U was built with 30 private rooms was constructed for Goebbels. A further 2 buildings were built for the guards, staff, meetings and visits by friends. These buildings still remain including the garages. At first the house by the Goebbels family as a weekend retreat and for shorts breaks. As the bombing increased in Berlin Goebbels used the house for longer periods. After WW2 the house could have been sold off but now being under the control of the Soviets a large university complex was built next to the house and expanded at different times for Free German Youth (FDJ). The complex was closed after re-unification though it was used for various youth projects and part of the complex is being used today as a Forest School to educate children. There are plans at the moment to sell various parts of the former FDJ complex for uses such as a hotel, school or leisure complex though I do not think it includes the house. At the present time you can wander around the outside of the different buildings including the Goebbels house.

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