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Communist theme park

Well, if you have a lefty friend who you think should be taken to sample what life under socialism is really like, then this “tourist attraction” in former East Germany is just the ticket.

Who said the Germans don’t have a sense of humour?

7 comments to Communist theme park

  • Don’t forget Stalin World in Lithuania

  • Byron

    Are they going to shoot people when they try to leave?

  • scooterboy

    Next, the Gulag wieght loss centre.

  • I remember a colleague a few years back who went on holiday to Albania after the dominoes started falling; he wanted to visit a real live Communist country while there was still one left.

    Maybe some enterpreneur will start up package tours to North Korea

  • I hear they close the park when it’s 40 below :-)

    (An inside joke for anyone who’s read “A Day in the Live of Ivan Denisovich.”)

  • There’s a park of communist sculptures removed from their locations in the centre of Budapest and to become an open-air museum outside town. It’s very popular with tourists.

    Back in 1991 I warned Hungarians that tourists would be disappointed if they took the big chunky red stars off the buildings [they took them off partly to follow the will of Cardinal Mindszenthy so they could bring his ashes home from Vienna].

    In the centre of town, after a decade of embarrassed anonymity [a children’s school in 1991 when I lived on the next block] the once-dreaded 60 Andrassy ut has been re-opened as a museum of torture. Last year it was “restored” to how it was up until the 1970s, when it was the interrogation centre for the communist secret police [and used for the same purpose before them by the fascist secret police during the last months of WWII].

    I don’t feel like going in that particular museum.

  • qsi

    The museum in Budapest is called “Terror Háza”, the House of Terror. I haven’t been there yet; last time I was in Budapest (last summer) I walked past it and there was a very long line of people waiting to get in. I didn’t have enough time to wait, so I postponed it till the next visit. I’m not particularly looking forward to it, but it’s important to see the evil that was committed.