The idea of turning Prora into a tourist attraction is proving controversial. Could this holiday camp and potential apartment complex become somewhat a more benign version of mass tourism Hitler wanted to create?
Maybe. But this prized real estate has long struggled to find an identity. The bizarre complex was virtually unknown by the outside world until recently. In the East German times it was used as a military base for the Soviet Army and then for East German army and police – impossible to find even on a map, let alone visit.
After reunification in 1990, it went to the hands of the German government, which did not really know what to do with it.
"It is hard to make plans about Prora," explains Rostock. "There are historical constraints and then there are financial ones.We should not and will not be following in the footsteps of KdF strength through joy," he said. "We should be careful at a time when Nazism is by no means extinct."