Prora is a beach resort on the island of Rügen, Germany, known especially for its colossal Nazi-planned tourist structures built between 1936 – 1939 it was envisaged as a parallel to Butlins - British "holiday camps" designed to provide affordable holidays for the average worker. Prora was designed to house 20,000 holidaymakers, under the ideal that every worker deserved a holiday at the beach.
In 1940, more than 1000 police officers received military training at Prora, prior to being sent to the Eastern Front. From 1942 till the end of the war, young men and women were trained as Intelligence Assistants of the Navy here. This usage of the Prora was planned and anticipated during the architectural competition.
By the end of the war, Prora was used as a refugee camp. At the end of 1945, Soviet troops made use of the accommodation facility. After this, Prora was used by the National People’s Army of the German Democratic Republic. Until 1991.