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Nuremberg Nazi Site Crumbles, but Tricky Questions on Its Future Persist
In this city, the rallying point for Hitler, is the largest piece of real estate bequeathed by the Nazis, and a burden only increasing with time. First comes the sheer physical size: a parade ground bigger than 12 football fields. A semicircular Congress Hall that dwarfs any structure at Lincoln Center. Great Street, more than one-and-a-half miles long, with no structures on either side — a modern Appian Way where the storm troopers strutted between the old Nuremberg of Albrecht Dürer and the rallies idolizing the Führer. Then there are its troubled history and the far stickier question of what to do with it.
The eerie ruins of the Nuremberg parade grounds where Hitler held his propaganda rallies
The ghosts of Nazi monsters haunt these crumbling ruins on the outskirts of a German city that once made mankind hold its breath. Here they strutted their superman-stuff in choreographed marching, tens of thousands of them telegraphing to all that tomorrow belonged to them. Now the legions of Hitler have turned to dust and the remains of their shock-and-awe playground are rotting stones and crumbling steps. But in a move that has stunned many, city fathers in Nuremberg want to renovate the Nazi Party Rally Grounds at a cost of some £60 million - a bill which would ultimately have to be settled by the German taxpayer.
Like it or not, Nuremberg's Nazi past is a tourist attraction
Nuremberg is connected with the crimes of National Socialism in various ways, and the city makes no attempt to conceal its dark historical legacy, like the grandstand at the Zeppelinfeld, the massive open-air space where the Nazis held their annual party rallies from 1933 to 1938. It's the only surviving, major, completed work by Speer, and it's pretty much a ruin.
Memorium Nuremberg Trials: An information centre opens in the Nuremberg courtroom
In 1945-1949, Court Room 600 of the Regional Court Nürnberg-Fürth was in the global spotlight during the Nuremberg Trials. On 21 November, 2010, a new information centre and memorial - called the Memorium Nuremberg Trials - opens in the historic courthouse. Unfortunately the actual courtroom remains in everyday use and cannot be visited.
Albert Speer's son criticizes plan to make Nazi Party rally grounds in Nuremberg a world heritage site
Albert Speer junior, son of the man who designed Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party rally grounds in Nuremberg, criticized a plan to declare the tourist-magnet complex a UNESCO world heritage site. Nuremberg, tired of the cost of maintaining the complex seeks UNESCO recognition for the place as a heritage site. Albert Speer junior says this is the wrong way to deal with the Nazi site, adding that he is not necessarily arguing the whole Nazi site should be pulled down, reminding that Italy demolished most of the monuments put up by Benito Mussolini - "which was not right either."
Haunted City: Nuremberg and the Nazi past by Neil Gregor Yale [book review]
The Third Reich lingers over Nuremberg like a bad smell. Not only did the city play host to the Nazi party rallies and parades of the 1930s, and the post-war trials, it was also the venue for the issuing of the 1935 Nuremberg Race Laws. Many of the old Nazi sites remain to this day; too grandiose to be of use, too expensive to demolish. For all its Nazi links, however, Nuremberg's experience of WW2 was typical for a middle-ranking German city. This mix of factors has led the historian Neil Gregor to use Nuremberg as a case study to study the way in which post-war German society and psyche has dealt with the issues of memory and guilt.
Nuremberg - Birthplace of Third Reich, famed for Bratwurst
Adolf Hitler regarded Nuremberg as the "most German of German cities" and the birthplace of the Third Reich so, on March 30, 1944, Allied Bomber Command dispatched 795 aircraft to Nuremberg to deliver 3000 tonnes of bombs that killed more than 6000 people and destroyed countless historic buildings. Reconstruction took decades. But Nuremberg will be remembered as the city that passed the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Racial Laws of 1935, as the ideological home of nazism and the place where 21 of the nazi leaders were tried by the War Crimes Tribunal at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, with 11 sentenced to death.
Nazi foundation stone of Adolf Hitler's planned stadium restored (Article no longer available from the original source)
The foundation stone of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's planned stadium is back into its original position at a Nuremberg park. Torchlit Nazi Party mass rallies held in the 1930s in the park were supposed to be only the beginning, with the stone laid in 1937 for a stadium that was intended to seat 400,000. The stadium was never built. After the war, the park was a source of shame to the city. In the past decade, the city has created a museum to explain the Nazis' evil philosophy and signposted an educational walk into history through the park. 1,500-metre long concrete apron used by the Nazis for military parades is now used as a car park.
Germany: Nuremberg’s necessary exhibition (Article no longer available from the original source)
This Bavarian city has many sights to see, like a big medieval castle and a labyrinth of tunnels beneath it. Then there’s the exhibition the city isn’t so keen to promote. The Dokumentationszentrum tells the story of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party - the Nazis. What makes this exhibition compelling is that it’s housed in the Congress Hall, begun by Adolf Hitler’s architect Albert Speer in 1935 and never finished. The hall itself was just a small part of Nazi Party Rally Grounds, a vast parcel of land where parades were held and where Hitler whipped up support with his speeches at mass rallies, filmed in the 1934 documentary Triumph of the Will.
There's more than history in Nuremberg - the most Nazi of all cities
Adolf Hitler called Nuremberg "the most German of all cities," but he could have meant the "most Nazi" of all cities, too. It was in this city that the German dictator built a huge structure intended to become a shrine to Nazism. It was there that he staged six gigantic Nazi-party rallies. And it was there that he created a huge arena and parade grounds and a grand marching boulevard, all to celebrate Nazism. Tracing the rise and fall of Nazism in the city makes for a fascinating day, as most know Nuremberg only as the site of the war-crimes trials. The Nazi connection goes much deeper.
The city that Adolf Hitler envisioned as a showcase of Nazi power
Adolf Hitler called Nuremberg "the most German of all cities," but he could have meant the "most Nazi" of all cities too. It was here that the German dictator built a huge structure intended to become a shrine to Nazism. It was here that he staged six gigantic Nazi party rallies. And it was here that he created a huge arena, parade grounds and a granite-paved grand marching boulevard, all to celebrate Naziism. "Never throughout all of German history have greater and nobler buildings been planned, begun and completed than in our time," Hitler declared in Nuremberg in 1937.
Nuremberg: Nazis' favorite city from Germany's darkest period
Nuremberg: It's where thousands of Nazi followers gathered, Leni Riefenstahl filmed "Triumph of the Will" and Führer Adolf Hitler held his nazi party gatherings. In 1934 Hitler set architect Albert Speer to design the convention site. It was to be an enormous, 11-square-kilometer compound. The convention hall was to be used for Nazi party gatherings, while the "Luitpold Arena" was intended as a marching field for National Socialist obsequies and the "German Stadium" was to hold 400,000 spectators. However, only the "Zeppelin Field" was completed by the time the Nazi's "1,000-year Reich" came crashing down at the end of World War Two in 1945 after a 12-year reign.