Image: Andre Joosse
Along the echoing corridors of this long-deserted building once walked the troops of one of the mightiest armies the world has ever known. While men were stationed within these walls, the threat of global war loomed large, and the world, and the country in which the building stood, were divided in a way never seen before.
Contested by the Soviet Union and her allies on one side, and the Western powers on the other, The Cold War began at the end of World War II and continued until 1991. The Red Army barracks in Gotha, in former East Germany, were used during this period of barely contained conflict. Abandoned when the Soviet Union dissolved, there is now nothing left but gradually spreading ruin and decay.