Inside Germany's 'Forbidden City'

ZOSSEN, Germany (AP) — Werner Borchert grinds out a cigarette with his leather boot, zips up his down jacket and unlocks a rusty door with a sign reading “Do not enter.” He's entering anyway.

Borchert is stepping into the heart of the forbidden city, a huge abandoned military complex hidden inside a fenced-off pine forest in eastern Germany.


“The Kaiser, Hitler, the Soviets — all of them were militarily active here, one after the other,” says Borchert, 67, a guide offering tours of the “Haus der Offiziere,” or officers' complex in the Wuensdorf neighborhood of Zossen, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Berlin.

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