Adolf Hitler Lager – Forst Zinna

Built: 1934

Abandoned: 1995

Demolished: 2012

Visited: 2012 + 2016

Forst Zinna, Germany

This former Military complex was built in 1934 as part of the German re-armament program. The complex was build around a huge military training area. Because the other camps here were named Altes Lager and Neues Lager, this was first called Lager III. Other names were Waldlager Jüterbog and its official name ‘Adolf Hitler Lager’.

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The camp was first used by the SS, the Schutzstaffel. But in 1935 it was used as a trainings camp by the Artillerieschule Jüterbog. From 1940 it was a training site for tank drivers. At the end of the war, the RAD-Infanterie-Division were housed in Forst Zinna. Immediately after the end of World War II the Russians took over the site and used it as a DP camp. This displaced persons camp were primarily for refugees from Eastern Europe and for the former inmates of the Nazi German concentration camps.

After use by the Deutsche Verwaltungsakademie who turned it into “The German Academy of Public Administration” with the goal of training the DDR political elite, the site was taken over again by the Soviet army in 1950. In the military area, there were several administrative buildings, farm buildings, a cinema and a zoo. At the end of 2007 the demolition of Forst Zinna started. Only a small part of the complex is listed and safe from demolition, most of the site is has been demolished the last few years. Only part of the complex is listed and safe from demolition, the rest of the camp is due to disappear in the next year.

Photos Adolf Hitler Lager – Forst Zinna

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