Thursday, November 29, 2012

Nazi Germany

Schutzstaffel (SS) uniform

Once again, I will sing the praises of the German Historical Museum (next time I'm in Berlin I will spend an entire day roaming around, there was so much I didn't get to see). The museum did not shy away from covering those dark days in Germany's history. They had a rather good exhibition which covered the entire period of time.

As you walk around the exhibition you will feel sad. Looking at the official Nazi uniforms and the concentration camp uniforms will sadden your heart. But this is history and we must not shy away but learn from it.

Below you will find some shots from the exhibition (click on the image for a larger view).

Schutzstaffel (SS) booklet and knife

Hitler campaign poster 1933

Hilter's Desk (Desk from Hitler's office in the New Chancellery of the Reich) - The first state building of the Third Reich was inaugurated on January 9, 1939. The main purpose of the New Chancellery was representation: it was a place that demonstrated power. Hilter's office was located in the centre. The monumental room measured an area of 400 m with a height of 10 meters, marble walls and a heavy oak coffered ceiling. It was meant to convey the power and magnificence of the Fuhrer. The desk was also part of the furnishings designed by Albert Speer, which served primarily as a backdrop for Hilter's appearances with guests.

Identification for German citizens who are Jewish

Victims of Auschwitz

Illustrated chart Pictures of German races - Illustrated charts for racial theory instruction were supposed to convey the basics of racial science according to the ideology of the state and the party.

Various Nazi uniforms

Book Burning - The book-burning on May 10, 1933 marked the culmination of a campaign by the Head Office for Press and Propaganda of the German Students' Association against artists, authors, publichsers and scientists in disfavor with the Nazis. Like at the Opernplatz in Berlin, thousands of books were burned in many other German cities. Students and library workers had confiscated the works of democratic and socialist authors, especially in the lending libraries. Many books were by Jewish authors. As the works rejected as un-German were thrown onto the bonfire, the names of the authors and fire avowals were solemnly spoken. The fact that rectors, professors and students participated in the book-burnings made it clear that the universities had willingly opened their doors to National Socialism. Many of those condemned turned their backs on Germany. Very few people publicly protested against the book-burnings as an arbitrary exercise of state power. A year later the black list of banned books included more than 3,000 titles.

Nazi propaganda.

You can check out a couple more photos.

1 comment:

  1. I'm off to Berlin at Christmas. On your return I highly recommend Berlin Insider Tours. We're doing our 3rd when we go back. The two we did last time were brilliant.


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