New Use for Old Property

Above a property in Stuttgart that lay destroyed in April 1945, and whose basements once covered four floors that have survived but were closed up and built on at ground level, a technical building was erected to be used by US experts for planning and controlling drone deployments in Africa, mainly in the coastal areas of Somalia, carrying out targeted killings of presumed terrorists. The subterranean vaults still contain now-unreachable supplies of colonial goods from the time before the original building burnt down. It housed a firm that dealt with the import of African products.

—Alexander Kluge, 30 April 1945, (Calcutta: Seagull Books, 2015), 275-276.

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