Entire east German village goes up for sale for €125,000

An entire east German village is up for sale for €125,000 after most of its population moved out to find jobs.

Twelve buildings plus sheds and garages in the village of Alwine will be sold by private owners at an auction in Berlin on Saturday.

Only about 20 mostly retired people still live in the cluster of decaying homes in rural Brandenburg state, 75 miles south of Berlin.

An entire east German village is up for sale for €125,000 after most of its population moved out to find jobs

An entire east German village is up for sale for €125,000 after most of its population moved out to find jobs

Twelve buildings plus sheds and garages in the village of Alwine will be sold by private owners at an auction in Berlin on Saturday

Twelve buildings plus sheds and garages in the village of Alwine will be sold by private owners at an auction in Berlin on Saturday

Only about 20 mostly retired people still live in the cluster of decaying homes in rural Brandenburg state, 75 miles south of Berlin

Only about 20 mostly retired people still live in the cluster of decaying homes in rural Brandenburg state, 75 miles south of Berlin

Residents nervously wait to see who will buy the property as some fear the sale may bring unwelcome changes. Paul Urbanek, 71, said: 'We have been chucked into cold water.' 

During World War II, the Hitler Youth trained around Alwine and prisoners of war were incarcerated nearby. Then the Iron Curtain went up and it became part of Germany's communist East.

Until Germany's 1990 reunification, all the property in Alwine, which once counted about 50 residents, was owned by a nearby coal briquette plant, the oldest in Europe.

Several local residents had worked there since the 1960s, said Andreas Claus, the mayor of Uebigau-Wahrenbrueck of which Alwine is a part.

The plant closed in 1991 and many people left.

During World War II, the Hitler Youth trained around Alwine and prisoners of war were incarcerated nearby

During World War II, the Hitler Youth trained around Alwine and prisoners of war were incarcerated nearby

Until Germany's 1990 reunification, all the property in Alwine, which once counted about 50 residents, was owned by a nearby coal briquette plant, the oldest in Europe

Until Germany's 1990 reunification, all the property in Alwine, which once counted about 50 residents, was owned by a nearby coal briquette plant, the oldest in Europe

'Most of the departures were, of course, younger people - the daughters and sons of this place' who moved to West Germany, said Peter Kroll, the district representative, who has lived nearby since 1945. None have come back, he said.

'People had no other prospects here, especially if they were older,' added Claus.

Alwine is not the only such community in eastern Germany, which still lags behind the west in prosperity, wages and jobs, with a per capita GDP that was only 67 percent of that in western states in 2015.

Between 1990 and 2015, the region's population fell by about 15 percent, said a government report this year.

'After reunification, many people moved away for jobs,' said Hildegard Schroeteler-von Brandt, a

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