Gdańsk

Forsterówka

  ul. Lazurowa 4, Gdańsk (Sobieszewo) ,   Sobieszewo Island         more than a year ago
If you’ve got your own transport take a trip out to the Sobieszewo Island, and the out-of-town residence used by Albert Forster – the Nazi governor of Gdańsk from 1939 till 1945. His lodge has remained fenced off from the public for years although we now understand it is the property of the Franciscan Brothers who plan to create a religious complex here in the next couple of years with a small display dedicated to Forster. That said it is still closed off to the public. The forests surrounding the complex were frequently used as a hunting ground for Forster, apparently a man of extravagant tastes. It was in this private domain where he entertained the captain of the Schleswig-Holstein in 1939. If you could get close enough to his villa you’d find traces of intricate Nazi-era workmanship on the timber roof. Forster had an underground bunker added for his benefit, complete with air-conditioning and electricity, and it was here that conquering Red Army troops found a hoard of stolen Nazi loot. The surrounding buildings were used as an SS barracks, and a military hospital was also added in 1941.

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