Location, Location, Location! Redevelopment of Gestapo HQ into luxury condo sparks anger in Hamburg

Families of Nazi torture victims are fuming over the transformation of the former Gestapo headquarters in Hamburg into a luxury condo at the expense of a memorial to those affected by the Secret Police’s atrocities.

In 2009, city planners awarded a development contract to Quantum Immobilien to convert a complex of four buildings dating to the 19th century into a multi-purpose apartment complex. One of the buildings, now known as the Stadthöfe (City Courtyards), served as the city headquarters of the Gestapo – the Nazi secret police who used the facility to interrogate and torture people between 1933-43 during the reign of the Third Reich.