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    Posted: 5/14/2012 3:18:12 AM EST
    The children of German colonists perform during opening ceremony of a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 13, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 13, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 3:17:07 AM EST
    REFILE - CORRECTING HEADLINE German colonist Norbert Laube Laib works in a room formerly used as a communications centre, in preparation for the opening of a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 12, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 12, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 3:16:27 AM EST
    REFILE - CORRECTING HEADLINE German colonist Friedhelm Schiwon Klein works in preparation for the opening of a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 13, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 13, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE -
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 3:15:10 AM EST
    German colonists Robert Matthusen plays a trumpet in preparation for the opening of a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 13, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 13, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 3:13:52 AM EST
    Workers and German colonists hold up a banner that reads "Welcome to Baviera Hotel" in preparation for the opening of a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 12, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 12, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 3:07:05 AM EST
    German colonist Friedhelm Schiwon Klein works in preparation for the opening of a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 13, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 13, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 3:02:45 AM EST
    German colonist Norbert Laube Laib works in a room formerly used as a communications centre, in preparation for the opening of a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 12, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 12, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 2:15:02 AM EST
    An old group picture hangs on a wall of a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 12, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 12, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 2:05:27 AM EST
    A worker carries out preparations ahead of the opening of a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 12, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 12, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 2:02:35 AM EST
    Evelyn Matthusen Hempel, the daughter of a German colonist, plays in a toy house near a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 12, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 12, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 1:57:40 AM EST
    Martin Mulller Malessa, the son of a German colonist, plays with his dog near a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 12, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 12, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 1:51:12 AM EST
    An elderly German colonist walks along a road near a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 13, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 13, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 1:50:05 AM EST
    A boy, the son of a German colonist, cycles near a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 13, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 13, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 1:48:29 AM EST
    A worker carries chairs for the opening ceremony of the Villa Baviera hotel, run by German colonists, at the former Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), which used to be the location of a secretive German sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 13, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 13, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 1:41:17 AM EST
    A local worker is silhouetted against a window, through which a building that was previously used to house sect leaders and important visitors is seen, within the compound of a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 12, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 12, 2012. To match
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 1:32:54 AM EST
    Emilio Schreiber Gerlach, the son of a German colonist, walks along a road near a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 12, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 12, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 1:23:33 AM EST
    German colonist Norbert Laube Laib puts up electrical wiring in a room formerly used as a communications centre, in preparation for the opening of a hotel run by German colonists at Villa Baviera (Baviera Village), which used to be the location of Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), a secretive German former sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 12, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 12, 2012. To match Insight
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 1:12:15 AM EST
    German colonist Reinhard Zeitner cycles near the Villa Baviera hotel, the former Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), which used to be the location of a secretive German sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 12, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 12, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 1:10:47 AM EST
    German colonists walk along a road near the Villa Baviera hotel, the former Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), which used to be the location of a secretive German sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 12, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 12, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 5/14/2012 1:07:30 AM EST
    A man pushes his wheelchair down a boulevard near the Villa Baviera hotel, run by German colonists, at the former Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Community), which used to be the location of a secretive German sect set up in central Chile in 1961, near Parral town, some 340 km (211 miles) south of Santiago, May 12, 2012. The sect was set up by Paul Schaefer, a German World War Two medic turned evangelical preacher who preached against "sins of the flesh" and also segregated men and women, according to former members of the sect, subjecting all but a few to enforced celibacy, who brutally punished disobedience. Today Colonia Dignidad, rebranded as "Villa Baviera" in the late 1980s, wants to put its macabre history, of torture and sexual abuse children, behind it and promote itself as a tourist destination after Schaefer's death. Picture taken May 12, 2012. To match Insight GERMANY-CHILE/SECT REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)