The Reich Chancellery and Fuhrerbunker Complex: An Illustrated History of the Seat of the Nazi Regime

The Reich Chancellery and Fuhrerbunker Complex: An Illustrated History of the Seat of the Nazi Regime

by Steven Lehrer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786423935

ISBN-13: 9780786423934

Pub. Date: 04/27/2006

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Germany's Nazi government initially made its primary headquarters in one of Berlin's oldest buildings, the Old Reich Chancellery. Unsatisfied with the building, Adolf Hitler commissioned Albert Speer to design and build a newer, grander structure, and his New Reich Chancellery was completed in early 1939. Hitler described his New Reich Chancellery and other Nazi

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Germany's Nazi government initially made its primary headquarters in one of Berlin's oldest buildings, the Old Reich Chancellery. Unsatisfied with the building, Adolf Hitler commissioned Albert Speer to design and build a newer, grander structure, and his New Reich Chancellery was completed in early 1939. Hitler described his New Reich Chancellery and other Nazi buildings as his "words of stone," eternal monuments to the work that he and the Nazi party intended to perpetuate. Frequented by Hitler and his inner circle, the Chancellery witnessed their fanatical plans and was an architectural reflection of Hitler's megalomania. The Fuhrerbunker, built underneath the Chancellery, became the last refuge of a dying regime; it was here that Hitler retreated to order the destruction of Germany and ultimately to take his own life.

This book is a virtual tour of the now demolished Chancellery and Fuhrerbunker. It covers the history of each structure, notes the architectural changes that Hitler made to suit his purposes, and describes the historical events that took place within each building's walls. Appendices contain a chronology of Reich Chancellors (1871-1945), a detailed list of renovations to the Chancellery, and a register of notable gatherings that took place in the Old Reich Chancellery prior to 1914. Texts of various speeches by Hitler are reproduced, along with a copy of his agreement to occupy Czechoslovakia, which was signed in the Reich Chancellery.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786423934
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/27/2006
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

IWilhelmstrasse3
IIHitler in the chancellery30
IIIThe New Reich Chancellery63
IVBunkers and Fuhrerbunker117
App. AKing Friedrich Wilhelm I presents Wilhelmstrasse 77 to Graf von der Schulenburg161
App. BReich chancellors 1871-1945162
App. CPaul von Hindenburg175
App. DInterior renovations to the Reichskanzlerpalais 1875-1878177
App. EFurther renovations to the Reichskanzlerpalais 1890-1925179
App. FNotable gatherings in the Reichskanzlerpalais before 1914180
App. GHitler's speech at the topping-out ceremony of the New Reich Chancellery in the Deutschlandhalle, August 2, 1938182
App. HHitler's speech in the Berlin Sportpalast, January 9, 1939, on the occasion of the completion of the New Reich Chancellery186
App. IAdolf Hitler describes his chancellery renovations189
App. JText of Hitler's agreement to occupy Czechoslovakia, signed in the New Reich Chancellery192
App. KHeinrich Himmler's Heydrich eulogy193

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