Exploring the Rotten Side of Germany

You might say I'm a collector. I collect rare objects. Facts, stories...I travel the roads of Germany seeking its heart.


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"I'd like to think the best bunker buster is a diplomat." - Photo by Jan Bommes

Command Post Bunker
Goin' Bunkers

"This one was a lucky shot. I was on a tour of some command post bunkers of the East German People's Army (NVA). While finishing up and starting to pack our stuff, I walked around in one of the shelters and got between my friend and the light that came from the entrance. He immediately suggested we take a photo because of the stark contrast the scene was offering.

Because of the contrast, I decided to give the photo a black and white processing. I rarely do that, but in this case, it came out nicely."


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Rocket Fuel Factory S.

Rocket Fuel Factory

From 1941 until 1945, a factory for the produkction of hydrogen peroxide was operated in the Harz region of Germany. Hydrogen Peroxide was used in the Third Reich as fuel for rocket propulsion, fuel for submarines and torpedos as well as launching assistance for airplanes.
The first industrial use of the area took place in 1897 when a chair factory was founded. This factory was operated until shortly before World War II. When in the 1930s the demand for hydrogen peroxide in the German Navy increased the fuel factory was constructed and began operation in 1941.
After the war, the facilities were dismantled and shipped to England. All remaining overground facilities were.
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Grinding Shop S.

Grinding Shop

There is little to no historical information regarding this abandoned grinding shop in the East German part of the Harz region.
The grinding shop is located right at a river which has been used in the past to power the technical equipment of paper mills, grinding shops and mines.
Due to the location and the history of the region, it is conceivable that this particular grinding shop was used for the grinding of wood to prepare it for further processing in on of the region's paper mills....
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Tour Report: Operation "Easter Basket" - Prison 93

Published 2016-11-27

Prison in Germany

Due to traffic jams all over the Ruhr area, we arrived at our hotel rather late - but at least the tour had started with the exploration of an abandoned psychiatric hospital.
We went out for dinner and planned our tour for the next day, and we finished the first day of Operation "Easter Basket" with a couple of beers and shots in our hotel room.
The next morning, we got up relatively early and drove for about 70 kilometers to our first spot. We had decided for a more than a hundred-year-old prison that has been left unused for about 5 years now.
Freddy and I had only been to one other prison before, and I had found that experience pretty cool, and this particular prison is huge compared to the one I'd visited in Denmark, so it seemed like a good idea to check this one....
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6 Unsettling Mysteries of the Spanish Civil War (Wed, 07 Dec 2016)
Like all conflicts, the Spanish Civil War, which was fought between the left-leaning Republican and falangist Nationalist forces between 1936 and 1939, left its fair share of mysteries. Here are six of the most baffling, compelling and tragic. The post 6 Unsettling Mysteries of the Spanish Civil War appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Rome’s Grim Museo Criminologico – and the Papal Guillotine (Wed, 07 Dec 2016)
Rome's Museo Criminologico has been around since 1930, though it only opened to the public in 1994. Among its unsettling collection are the bloodstained clothes of executioners, mob torture implements - and the infamous papal guillotine. The post Rome’s Grim Museo Criminologico – and the Papal Guillotine appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Abandoned Places & Urbex Photography by Puste Blümchen (Tue, 06 Dec 2016)
Urban explorer Puste Blümchen isn't one to reveal the locations of the derelict places that he documents. But his photographs more than speak for themselves, and their whereabouts seem unimportant. The post Abandoned Places & Urbex Photography by Puste Blümchen appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Belgrade Aviation Museum in Surčin, Serbia (Wed, 07 Dec 2016)
World War II aircraft Located just outside of the city limits next to the Nikola Tesla Airport, the Belgrade Aviation Museum is notable first for its architectural value alone. A purpose-built museum, its modernist curves and geometric panes of mirrored glass stand in stark contrast to the flat, ploughed fields surrounding it. Designed in 1989 by noted Bosnian architect Ivan Štraus, the interior of the building contains a history of manned flight in Serbia. Impressively laid out inside the circular dome, the collection runs from the early 1900s to the cusp of the 21st century. Of particular interest are a Messerschmitt Bf 109, a Supermarine Spitfire, and an Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik, which were three of the most iconic planes of World War II. More significantly, this is the only museum where those three planes from Germany, Britain, and Russia can be seen sitting side by side all bearing the livery of Yugoslavia--a quirky result of Belgrade's unique history. Also notable are displays featuring a selection of NATO aircraft and drones disabled by Serbian air defence forces in the more recent Yugoslav Wars. These include pieces (proudly displayed) of a Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter and a General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, both shot down in 1999. Some larger aircraft sit outside in the shadow of the museum, their aging hulks combining with the sheen of the odd glass structure to provide a melancholy picture. The sense of decay is exacerbated by an airplane graveyard consisting of exhibits that evidently did not make the cut and thus lie abandoned and rusting in the lee of the space-age structure. The overall combination of architecture, history, and ruin porn create a peculiar and compelling environment.
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