Relics of Hitler’s Era
Relics of Hitler’s Era
From buildings built by the Nazis to ornate theatres, burnt out hotels and eerie sanatoriums, these are the abandoned buildings that still litter the powerhouse of Europe.
Photographer Daniel Barter, 30, from London travelled to the German capital Berlin and the surrounding countryside to capture buildings in need of work on film.
Far from being resplendent in vintage glory, the deserted music venues and crumbling hospitals are a shadow of their former selves.
An abandoned former Hitler Youth Training School pictured by British photographer Daniel Barter, 30, from London
The Eagle and Iron Cross mural at Krampnitz Kaserne, a military complex, in Fahrland, Potsdam, created by the Germans during the rearmament period
Warped parquet flooring at Krampnitz Kaserne. The site was also used as a driving training centre until the Russians took control of the area, taking over a day after the Germans abandoned it April 26, 1945
A gym/basketball court at Krampnitz Kaserne. The 35th Guards Motor Rifle Division was then stationed there until its abandonment in 1992, after the Soviet Union dissolved
Decaying: A lecture hall at the former Hitler Youth training school pictured by Daniel Barter, 30
A view of the former Hitler Youth training school's lecture hall from the stage
The inside of the former Hitler Youth Training School in Germany. The windows are open, but this room is still in good condition
German eagle motifs flake off ceilings and concert halls designed for hundreds have not seen a show for years.
Mr Barter said: 'I stumbled into photography via my degree, which was in restoration. My interest in abandonments started really young.
'When I was five my junior school had a derelict aeroplane in an adjoining field. Two of my friends and I climbed over the 10ft green wire mesh fence and entered the plane.
'If I close my eyes I can still picture the switches, dials and smell the leather. 'I find abandoned buildings to photograph by word of mouth or a little bit of research.
'To gain access to some of the locations is quite another story and can involve a lot of climbing, sneaking and hiding.
'The best and most interesting thing about photographing abandoned buildings in Germany has to be the clash between different opposing ideologies that dominated this region in the mid to late 20th century.
'There is almost nothing else similar to it around the globe.
'The way it effected the material fabric of these lost places and the way it continues to effect the region as a whole, is I believe unique.'
There are more than 60 buildings at the sanatorium which are looking for a new lease of life
An undamaged guest room in the burnt out hotel looks almost lived in, but very dated
Seen better days: The main dining table in the abandoned and burnt out hotel
Left to rot: A barber's chair in a manor house that once acted as a sanatorium
The grand staircase at the Lung Sanatorium that has been daubed with graffiti. The site is south of Berlin. Building work started in 1898
Pictured here is an abandoned theatre that has not seen a show for years
Mr Barter's photographs show even the powerhouse of Europe has its fair share of abandoned properties
A restaurant in the site of a burnt out hotel where food hasn't been on the menu for years
A corridor at the sanatorium. In its time it was also used as a hospital by the Russian Army until German reunification
The arches around a courtyard inside the old sanatorium daubed with graffiti
A crime museum is displaying the bullet-ridden skull of a pro-Nazi officer who was executed with his own gun as part of a macabre exhibition of Holocaust relics.
The display also features gold teeth extracted from Jews as they entered Auschwitz, muzzles used to German Shepherd dogs who patrolled the camps and attacked prisoners, and a series of syringes used in brutal medical tests on prisoners.
An SS officer's boot - with foot bones still inside - clogs used by Jews at a Nazi death camp, and toys taken from Jewish children also make up the collection at Littledean Crime Through Time Museum in Gloucestershire.
A crime museum in Gloucestershire is displaying the bullet-ridden skull of a pro-Nazi officer who was executed with his own gun as part of a macabre exhibition of Holocaust relics
Medical Syringes recovered from Auschwitz at the time of liberation. It is believed they were used to carry out gruesome medical tests on camp prisoners
Gold dental caps that were removed by the Nazis from Jewish inmates on their arrival to Auschwitz during the holocaust years
Museum curator, Andy Jones, 52, said: 'The new exhibit features a collection of artefacts recovered at the end of the holocaust.
'The muzzle worn by a German Shephard dog in Auschwitz is the only one on display in the world.
'The prison guards would remove the muzzles and unleash the poison fanged hounds onto the prisoners - including pregnant Jewish women.
'Artefacts like the Jew's gold teeth reveal the brutal side of the holocaust.
'The Nazis would remove the prisoners crowns and gold teeth as they came into the camp.
'The guards would wrench them out with pliers and melt them down to create gold bars.'
The skull belongs to a Utase Black Legion Officer.
Toys taken from Jewish children as they entered Auschwitz also make up the collection at Littledean Crime Through Time Museum in Gloucestershire
A boot still containing the bones of the foot from a Nazi SS soldier
Well-worn homemade clogs used by inmates at a Nazi death camp
It shows that his nose brutally smashed as he was pistol-whipped then executed with his own gun.
The Black Legion were a pro-Nazi group who massacred Chetniks, Partisans and Serb civilians during the holocaust.
It is believed that the officer's fatal injuries were inflicted when the prisoners were liberated - and then turned on their captors.
The collection also features Nazi SS insignia rings believed to have once belonged to officers
The uniform striped hat belonging to a concentration camp inmate
The hat is in stark contrast to this original Nazi SS NCO peak cap which will also be displayed
A pair of spectacles removed from a Jewish inmate at Auschwitz
The collection also shows medical syringes recovered from Auschwitz - the implements were used in the brutal medical tests performed at the camp by the Nazis on the helpless prisoners.
Uniforms worn by inmates of the death camps and wrist restraints used by the Gestapo are a reminder of the atrocities committed during the war, and caps and honour rings worn by SS officers stand in sharp contrast to the tiny dolls confiscated from Jewish children as they entered the death camps.