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The Spandau Citadel is the oldest remaining structure in Berlin. The fortress was built in the 16th century, but the main tower dates back to about the 12th century. Built to protect the city of Spandau, the Citadel has seen quite a few different uses, including an ammunitions factory during the Thirty Years War and a poison gas respository during WWII. In recent years it has been used as a museum and a construction school, and is a popular tourist spot.


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Spandau Prison - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2573 words)
Spandau Prison was a purpose-built prison situated in the borough of Spandau in western Berlin, constructed in 1876.
The Soviet Union, which pushed for execution for all men that were imprisoned in Spandau, were unwilling to compromise with the Western powers in this regard, both because of the harsher punishment that they felt was justified to be bestowed on the convicted war criminals, and as an extension of Cold War-era jockeying for power.
Hess, also as a matter of dignity, was unique amongst the prisoners in that he refused all visitor for over twenty years, finally accepting to see his long since adult son and wife in 1969 after suffering from a perforated ulcer that required his treatment at a hospital outside the prison.
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