Hitler the architect


The Times of London examines challenge of tastefully examining and displaying Hitler’s vision of Berlin as a city full of bloated marble architecture, capital of the Nazi-run world:

For decades his plans were regarded as so crazed that they were confined to specialist books and institutes.

Yesterday the taboo was broken. Peer Steinbrück, the German Finance Minister, unveiled a scale model of Germania, the Führer’s supersized city. Centrepiece of the display was the domed Great Hall, planned by Albert Speer, Hitler’s master architect, to accommodate a crowd of 150,000. …

The positioning of the exhibition, in a pavilion next to the Holocaust Memorial and two minutes’ walk from Hitler’s bunker, has made it easier to open it to the public without seeming to glorify the Nazi’s aesthetic vision. …

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