1933 – The Third Reich establishes Kraft durch Freude, an organization devoted to managing the free time of the working German

May 1936 – Hitler enlists KdF to create a colossal beachside resort that is affordable to for the working man, and construction begins on Prora, a complex in the Rügen region of Germany

1937 – The design of Prora wins a Grand Prix award at the Paris World Exposition

1939 – Construction halts as the construction workers are needed to help with the war efforts

1944 to 1945 – Refugees from the bombing of Hamburg live in the most-finished buildings of Prora

1945 – The Soviet Army takes control of the Rügen region and establishes a military base in Prora

Late 1940s – Two of the housing blocks, one from the South end and one from the North, are demolished

1956 – the German Democratic Republic’s National Peoples Army is formed, and Prora becomes restricted military housing for several East German Army units

Late 1950s – East German military rebuild several of the buildings

1960 to 1982 – The 40th Parachute Battalion “Willi Sänger” are housed in Block 4 on the northern side

1982 to 1990 – East German Army Construction Battalion “Mukran” are house in the building

1990 to 1992 – The Military Technical School of Bundeswehr use parts of the buildings

1992 to 1994 – Parts of the building are used to house asylum seekers from the Balkans

1993 to 1999 – Prora serves as one of the largest youth hostels in Europe

1995 to 2005 – Prora houses a variety of museums, special exhibitions and a gallery

2000 to present – The Documentation Center Prora is located at the southern edge of the fairground buildings, and is curated by a local preservation group

2004 – The Blocks of Prora begin to be sold individually for various uses

September 23, 2004 – Block 6 is sold for 625,000 euros to an unknown bidder

February 23, 2005 – Block 3, the former Museum Mile,  is sold to Inselbogen GmbH, who announces that the building will be used as a hotel

October 2006 – Block 1 and 2 are sold to Prora Projekentwicklungs GmbH, who announces the plan of concerting the buildings into shops and apartments

November 2006 – the Federal agency for real estate purchases Block 5 with the intent of becoming the larges youth hostel in Germany

2008 – Plans for Prora to fulfill its original purpose are approved

September 2010 – Plans are announced by a German-Austrian investor group to renovate Block 1 and 2 as housing for the elderly and a hotel with 300 beds (the investment costs are estimated and 100 million euros)

2011 – The largest youth hostel in Germany opens in Block 5 with 402 beds and 96 rooms

March 31, 2012 – Block 1 is re-offered for sale at an auction, and is bought by a Berlin investor for 2.75 million euros

Spring 2013 – Developers begin marketing refurbished apartments in the Colossus for as much as 900,000 euros apiece, and many have already sold.

Winter 2019Bauart GmbH purchases Block 5. The renovation includes plans for a unified museum facility to house the Prora Center and the Documentation Center Prora.

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