The Guardian recently published a brief then-and-now examination of Nazi architecture as discussed in Colin Philpott’s new book, Relics of the Reich: the Buildings the Nazis Left Behind. Included in the photos is Hitler's bunker (pictured above), where he committed suicide. There are now apartment buildings and a parking lot in its place.
Credit: Colin Philpott
Philpott also discusses the Nuremberg rally grounds, pointing out how the continued use of such spaces and buildings can be a bit controversial.
Credit: Nuremberg Rally Grounds Documentation Centre
A vast area of parkland on the south-eastern side of Nuremberg was transformed in the 20s and 30s into the location for the annual Nazi party rallies – massive propaganda exercises where Hitler and other leaders addressed the faithful from the iconic grandstand designed by the Führer’s favourite architect, Albert Speer.
Credit: Adam Jones
Since 1945, the Nuremberg rally grounds have been put to a variety of uses including parkland, an indoor arena, a football stadium and housing as well as a museum explaining Nuremberg’s role in the Nazi story. Currently, the city is deciding whether to spend around €70m to prevent the grandstand from crumbling.
Head over to The Guardian for the full article.
Feature image via Bundesarchiv