You Can Stay In A Hotel That Used To House A Cult Led By A Former Nazi Who Molested Kids And Tortured Political Prisoners
Villa Baviera is a fun little vacation spot in the south of Chile. Why, you can rent a cabin there right now and enjoy a slice of German culture at the base of the Andes. There's hiking, horse rides, a pool, and other fun amenities that will keep you distracted from the fact that the villa was once run by a lunatic named Paul Schaefer.
Via Wikimedia CommonsPaul Schaefer the soulless Nazi torturer, that is, not the Late Show keyboardist. Easy mistake to make.
The story goes back to 1961 when Schaefer, a Nazi army nurse turned Baptist preacher, was accused of abusing two young boys, because he was going for evil Bingo. Facing arrest, he fled to Chile, and he convinced 300 of his followers to follow him by prophesying a communist takeover of West Germany. The Cold War years were ... weird.
In Chile, the group founded a commune called Colonia Dignidad, which held everything from a farm and bakery to a state-subsidized hospital that gave free healthcare to locals. But Schaefer, who dubbed himself "the Eternal Uncle," also had his dark side -- that is, even darker than the "ex-Nazi" thing, or calling himself "the Eternal Uncle." Children were separated from their parents and raised communally, families were split up and separated by age and gender, and dissenters were tortured and force-fed drugs. Visits from the government and other outsiders were carefully choreographed to make the camp look idyllic while Schaefer worked to make far-right political allies.