Heiligendamm has seen best, worst of German history

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The elegant Baltic seaside resort of Heiligendamm has seen the best and the worst of German history since it was founded in 1793 as an exclusive summer spa for European nobility.

Proud to be Germany's first seaside resort, Heiligendamm -- this week hosting a summit of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialised nations -- is less happy about of its Nazi past.

In 1932 it became the first town in Germany to name a street after Adolf Hitler and to make its infamous summer visitor an honorary citizen -- a title formally revoked in April to avoid anyone making an issue of it at the summit.

Heiligendamm, near Rostock in the former East Germany with Sweden across the sea to the north, was used as a naval training station during World War Two.

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