Headquarters to the Nazis and then the Soviets, the East German military camp of Wünsdorf was once home to 75,000 Soviet men, women and children. Now ‘Little Moscow’ has been abandoned – but one man keeps the memories alive
Rusty keys jangle as Juergen Naumann searches for the right one. He has 15 on one bunch, 25 on another. The last caretaker of the Red Army’s former headquarters in Germany, he has access to all the buildings in what was once known as the Forbidden City – and remains a restricted area 22 years after the last Russian troops left for good.
“You get to know the keys over the years,” Naumann says. But it still takes a while to locate the right one. A dull click, and the door creaks open to reveal a dimly lit hall with marble tiles. Naumann’s footsteps echo across the empty space as he switches on the electricity, illuminating two panoramas: one showing Soviet Moscow, the other Alexanderplatz in East Berlin, two huge photos from a world that no longer exists.
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Link : The Forbidden City: inside the abandoned Soviet camp of Wünsdorf