Sitting at Krampnitz

by jonnywhitlam

Take a seat?

Like I’ve said before Berlin is full of abandoned places. This one, Krampnitz, is technically not in Berlin but just outside the city heading towards the West. It’s the largest abandoned place I’ve been to, the thing is unfathomably huge. It was built as a barracks by the Nazis, falling into East Germany after WWII and as such being occupied by the Soviets all the way up to the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

It was an immensely creepy place, not least because walking around it you can’t help but know that the Nazis were there. This is strikingly obvious when at the top of one particular set of stairs there is an intact Swastika. I’ve not heard any conclusive evidence regarding to whether it’s real or not, but the chance alone gives me the chills.

I’m really proud of the above photo. I think it truly gives the chilling sense of emptiness one gets exploring a place like this, as well as the creepy feeling that it was once the German Army under Adolf Hitler that made use of these very corridors.

If you would like to visit the exhibition it is on at Speakeasy Sprachzeug language school, 116 Boxhagener Str. Berlin (Nearest U-Bahn is Frankfurter Tor.) from June 24 until August 28. If you would like to buy a print of this or any other photo please feel free to send me an email (see contact).