There’s really no way around admitting that Nuremberg’s history is very much enshrouded by a dark cloud of National Socialism. Hitler’s Nazi party rallies took place there annually during the mid 30s and Nuremberg was even named “die deutsche Stadt” (the German city). It became a symbol of Nazi pride, as these rallies were very over-the-top celebrations. Of course, Nuremberg was the same city in which the postwar ‘Nuremberg trials’ famously took place – convicting Nazis of their crimes against humanity.
I visited Nuremberg’s Nazi Documentation Center twice this past year. Here are some photos of Nazi propaganda posters on display inside the museum area. The poster on bottom right says “Unsere letzte Hoffnung: Hitler”, which means, “Our last hope: Hitler”.
Left: members of the Hitler youth (or even younger) saluting/“heiling” Hitler upon his entrance into the city.
In 1945, the US Army held its victory parade at the main grandstand (seen in the above photo). After the ceremony, the swastika was blown up, symbolizing the end of National Socialism.
Below is a photo of the American soldiers, standing atop the grand stand, waving the American flags victoriously.The paper below lists the “worst” Nazis and their sentences determined during the Nuremberg trials. The sentences range from 10 years in prison (10 Jahre Gefaengnis) to death by hanging (Tod durch den Strang). At the top and bottom of the list, the names Goering and Bormann can be seen – two of the the top 4 Nazi leaders (Hitler and Goebelles being dead already, at this point). To reference Inglorious Basterds once again, “you need[ed] all four to end the war”.I took this photo standing at Dutzendteich, facing the Doku-Zentrum. The area served as the location for the National Socialist cult, for the demonstration of power and mobilization of the masses. Since 1973, the buildings have been under a historical monument preservation order. Nowhere else in Germany can the remains of Nazi architecture be seen to such an extent as they are here. Below, you can see the door from which Hitler walked before addressing the masses from the grandstand podium.
I took this photo, below, standing at the same grandstand podium where Hitler once stood to make his party rally speeches. During the rallies, this area before the grandstand was filled with around 200,000 Nazi supporters, all gathered to cheer on and encourage their Fuehrer. Today, it is (unofficially) used as a skate park.