I’m done with working and was going home. I got a call of a friend who asked me if i want to go to Berlin so I decided to go, I’m quite impulsive. 821 km’s and 7h45 min driving that’s a lot, and Monday I needed to go back for working at 5 am. I rented a room there and slept only 4 hours during the 72 hours I was there but I’ve done 8 locations there so it was worth it.
The site was built as the “Heeres-, Reit- und Fahrschule”.
The school, close to the military training site Dberitzer Heide was designed by architect Robert Kisch.The cavalry school (Kavallarieschule) was housed in hannover and moved to Krampnitz, a bigger site, in 1937. The school was the Army Riding and Driving school until the last months of WW II.
The military grounds were abandoned on April 26 1945. One day later the Russian troops took over Krampnitz.
The Russian military stayed on the ground until 1992, the camp is abandoned ever since. Every now and then the place is used for filming movies.
This place was used for the movies “Enemy at the gates” and Inglorious bastards from the director of Quentin Tarantino.
We were there with 4 photographers (normally i don’t go with so much people). They were all busy with the nazi mosaic and i hate waiting so i decided to explore the building alone.It was very dark and much the same until i came across this Prison never saw something like that in a regular building.
The Nazi mosaic would not have been worked in situ but would have been have been worked on a table, indirect (upside down) with temporary glue onto a paper bearing the design. It would have been worked in sections, then applied to wet mortar, matching up the pieces carefully, then tamped level. The paper would have been whetted after it was dry, and removed. It looks like it is made of glass smalti, from the reflective qualities of the tiles and the colors used.
We stand in front of this big villa all boarded up and sealed. the people that are with me already know that i always get in so as they wait i walk around and see a tiny basement hole where i can squeeze me in, I got in and then i came across from the one surprise into the other one. Very empty villa but those wall paintings (fresco’s?) and that chandelier made my day.
I heard some people (Security???) And hided a while. We Always have a code if someone’s there so that we don’t have to make much noise or yell or something like that. It simple and it worked out great they didn’t saw us. While we were hiding i couldn’t resist to take a photo of this safe.