Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Did you know that on April 21st, 1945 Josef Goebbels spent a charming evening at the Schausspielhaus in Gendarmenmarkt listening to a concert consisting of “Tosca” arias by Giuseppe Verdi?
He must have attended the concert immediately after the very last conference at his Ministry of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment, during which he famously said:
“Ja, it might come as a surprise to some people. Also for those who worked with me. But do not fool yourselves. I did not force anyone to work with me, same as we did not force the German people to do the same. Our mandate came from the German people. Why did they work with me! And now the German nation will have its little neck slashed.“
After he took a step towards the door, he turned around again and screamed: “But when we go down, then the whole world will tremble!” (from Hier spricht Hans Fritzsche, Zürich 1948)
At the time when Goebbels listened to the arias, the Red Army and the 1st Polish Army had reached the concentration camp in Sachsenhausen.
One day later, the Schauspielhaus am Gendarmenmarkt (today known as Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt) will present its last concert – Mozart´s Zauberflöte – and the two armies will free the camp.