From Nazi Court to Posh Apartments





Hiitler's military courts were notorious for their liberal use of the death penalty. Now, a courthouse in Berlin where Nazi judges sentenced hundreds of Third Reich dissidents to die has been converted to an apartment building. Not everyone is happy about the switch.

The view from the loft apartments in the newly renovated apartment building is as idyllic as it gets in Berlin: a lovely lake with ducks and swans paddling about, all surrounded by vibrant green parkland. It's the kind of place one doesn't often find just minutes from the heart of a large city. No wonder interest in the building -- called "Atrion" -- has been high.

But interest hasn't just been limited to potential tenants. Historians too have taken note of the new residential paradise. The building, after all, hasn't always been known as the "Atrion." From 1936 to the middle of World War II, it housed one of Nazi Germany's notorious military courts. From their bench in the building, Nazi judges sentenced over 1,400 conscientious objectors and resistance fighters to die, including members of the well-known resistance group from the "Rote Kapelle" or Red Orchestra.


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