Many people from Hamburg took refuge in one of these housing blocks during the Allied bombing campaign.
When the war ended, Prora was used as a military outpost and since all of its buildings are empty.
The Prora (often called Colossus) was designed to accommodate a staggering 20.000 visitors and was envisioned as part of the Nazis` “Strength through Joy” program.
The idea was to provide leisure for German citizens, mainly for workers where they would spread Nazi propaganda.
There years of debate there are still plans to turn Prora into a modern resort and so far four of the five blocks are already sold to private investors. The new vision involves building holiday apartments with all the commodities like sport halls, swimming pools, cafés, cinemas and what not.