European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Jan 23 1961, Page 11

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - January 23, 1961, Darmstadt, HesseT u r est berlins spectacular a fam l i on Imp Vive relic of the Hitler Era Tak Yomo standing Pool to give some to tremendous site. Wears Gas Maik Whit it room who chlorine a trip it or located. 23, 1961. Left member of a German swimming club diving from the 33-foot-High platform. O t i o n j by staff Wriker pc i. V \ 3 a the stars and stripes a former 3s Cavern in Berlott Houf we or to world1 life bathtubs tremendous in Dotty Taihi Menf Pool that hold mor ten on1 Mutton Gallons of Watt and a equally Fror a la amount of humanity wider by ont Lane than aft olympic Pool and slightly Over so Yards longer the tank was built Back in the tote when Hitler and his boys were thinking big and building accordingly Elko the autobahn and several during the same Era Thor spectacular Pool is one of the few plus Mark left behind by the Naast regime. Today the Pool is used by american personnel in Berton several German so Tow Ming clubs and the West Berlin poll use it for water training. Located to what is now Andre Barrack the Pool in believed to be the largest in door Schwilm bad in Europe and one Olathe largest in the world. First it Richard Keats no Portu of Fleer or he co of the army Cut Ilion f to i charge of the Pool. Sp5 Lawrence Tucka Yama and sp4 Harold Burke oversee the daily operation. size of the Pool a Only one of Etc impress Jive features for example the filtering system la to of Lelent that it of necessary to Drain the Pool for pones Only about twice very two year. This was done recently and the empty Pool seems to resemble a dry Dock big enough for a battled help. Although the Pool is located at ground level it la not set into the Earth. By walking Down three flight of Naira through the vast honeycomb of pipe an equipment you can also walk under the in these catacombs you will be the remarkable filtering Ayatey the cd torn Atung device and the huge heating plan that keeps the water at a pleasant 70 degrees or so regardless of Tow cold the winds blow outside. The vast amount of water la filtered by running it through Concrete vats with a Sand base. The Sand is coarse on top an graduated Down to a Fine Sut at the base of the filters after leaving the Fateri the water a treated with a modest amount of chlorine and the gauges that deter mine the degree of the mixture Are a closed room to avoid the danger of the Gas escaping a Gas mask u store just outside the door for emergency use if it should be necessary to enter the Roo when it is filled with fumes. The heat necessary to warm the Vas amount of water comes from a series of boilers that Are also used to provide heat for the other buildings in the Hoppe a German employee 1 in charge of operating the heating system and although he has no direct connection with the operation of the Pooh work closely with the persons in charge. Among the features that make the Pool unique is a three level diving platform with a top floor that a 33 feet above water is 15 feet deep to the diving area and becomes Progri sively More Shal Low As the tiled floor Alonta up toward the opposite Enid another Forward looking feature to the Learge windows on each Side of the building which Are designed so they can he lowered into the catacombs when the weather i warm enough for outdoor swimming the Pool a constructed Between the years of 1938 and 1938, but Wax not use for the 193ft olympic in by people have been led to believe. It to open Dally the year around and has proved one of the most popular recreation spot in the isolated City. The Only ones who apparently did appreciate the Pool were the russians who occupied the Cavern alter the fail of Berlin. When the americans took Over the found tha Pool Alt but filled with trash Page. It

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