Home of Nazi Leader Goebbels, Where he Wrote Anti-Semitic Speeches, Goes on Sale
A house in Germany once owned by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels has gone up for sale and is estimated to fetch up to 12 million Euros, the UK’s Daily Mail reported on Sunday.
The villa, known as Haus am Bogensee, was presented to Goebbels by Adolf Hitler and is the only Nazi residence that was not demolished during World War II. It was converted into an East German Communist Party school after the end of the war, according to the Daily Mail. The property, which has its own fishing lake, was then converted into a kindergarten after the war ended but has been abandoned since 1990.
The estate is now on the market and attracting bidders almost 70 years after Goebbels had his six children poisoned before he and his wife committed suicide in the garden of Hitler’s Berlin bunker as Russian troops approached.
Marlies Masche of the Berlin Property Fund agency told The Independent on Sunday, “We are not disclosing who they are or how much we are asking, because we don’t want to upset prospective buyers.”
The 42-acre home rests nine miles north of Berlin and was referred to by Goebbels as a place of “idyllic solitude.” He retreated to the main house, which was completed in 1939, to write many of his infamous anti-Semitic speeches.
The 70-room mansion is also where Goebbels had affairs with a number of German starlets whom he hired to replace Jewish actresses at the Babelsberg film studio where he produced his propaganda films, the Daily Mail noted. He earned the nickname ‘Der Bock von Babelsberg’ -the ‘randy goat’ – but Hitler put an end to his flings after Goebbels’ wife, Magda, threatened divorce.
The property and grounds have been put up for sale twice since the fall of the Berlin Wall but were not sold, according to the Daily Mail. In the past, potential buyers were investigated for connections to neo-Nazi groups in case they intended to make the place a shrine to Goebbels.
The Berlin city government, which owns the property, hopes the estate will be turned into a hotel, spa or boarding school.
“‘We want total use of the site. The Goebbels villa is very difficult to separate from the rest,” said a spokesperson for the city government.