Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
When in the mid-1930s Adolf Hitler first dreamt of Germania, the future Capital of The World, Berlin was already doomed – if it had not been for the air-raids, the fires and the fighting that came later, it would have been gone nevertheless. Razed down to make space for “a city greater that Rome, more impressive than London or Paris, more splendid than anything the Egyptians or Babylonians could build”.
The city Hitler envisioned, with two main 120-metre-wide boulevards and with oversized buildings next to which Brandenburg Tor or Reichstag would be nothing but dwarfs, Germania was to become a symbol of the new order. Still, just like the Volkshalle – People’s Hall – that Hitler’s chief architect, Albert Speer designed for his master, most of it was an exercise in the impossible and Speer’s work simply a response to a megalomaniac’s frenzy.
“Mythos Germania”, an exhibition organised by the Berliner Unterwelten deals with Fűhrer’s megalomaniac dream of the new city, presenting it from several different perspectives: sociological, ideological and technical, among others. First opened in 2008, this fascinating and tremendously informative event which has so far attracted tens of thousands of visitors is just about to come to an end.
So if you want to find out why it would have been raining inside the never built Volkshalle or what Albert Speer really thought of his master’s dream, you can learn all that and so much more until November 30th in Berlin-Wedding.
The exhibition takes place in the rooms off the entrance hall of the U-Bahnhof Gesundbrunnen (in front of the Gesundbrunnen Center); Badstraße/Ecke Behmstraße, 13357 Berlin; U8 Gesundbrunnen; Thursday-Sunday 11am – 6pm; admission EUR 5.
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