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January 3, 2016

Nazi field of dreams is in decay

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 9:11 am

You can read a recent news article about the Nazi field of dreams at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nuremberg-germanys-dilemma-over-the-nazis-field-of-dreams-a6793276.html

The news article has the headline shown below.

 Nuremberg: Germany’s dilemma over the Nazis’ field of dreams

The “field of dreams” was the Zeppelin field in Nuremberg.

This historic site was the first place that I visited when I started traveling, after I had retired.

The speaker's stand at the Zeppelin field where Hitler gave his speeches to large crowds of people

The speaker’s stand at the Zeppelin field where Hitler gave his speeches to large crowds of people

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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Just a few feet behind the infamous “Führer’s Rostrum”, [shown in my photo above] from which Adolf Hitler delivered virulently anti-Semitic sermons to vast crowds of hypnotised, adoring Germans, the Nazi leader’s once pristine propaganda tribune is covered with steel netting. Signs warn “Danger of collapse!” and “Enter At Your Own Risk”.

Opposite, the concrete terraces of the so-called “Zeppelinfeld” arena once provided seating for 200,000 Nazi faithful. Huge swastika banners fluttered from its surrounding towers. Today the arena is cracked and carpeted with acres of brown grass, litter and filth. It is crumbling so fast that it is entirely fenced off from the public.

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Zeppelin field in Nuremberg

The speaker’s stand where Hitler gave many speeches to huge crowds

The Zeppelin field as it looked in 1995

The Zeppelin field as it looked in 1995 when I took these photos

The museum at the Zeppelin field

The museum at the Zeppelin field

Sculpture in front of Museum

Sculpture in front of Museum

Workers tearing down part of the grandstand

Workers tearing down part of the grandstand

 

 This quote is from the news article:
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Nuremberg, the second largest city in Bavaria, is known for its Meistersinger and an idyllic Christmas market dating from the Middle Ages, but it is most famous for the gigantic and disturbingly overbearing rally grounds which helped to fuel the Nazi movement. The rally site included a parade ground the size of 12 football pitches, a two-mile-long “Great Way” paved with 6,000 granite blocks for mass stormtrooper marches, a congress hall the size of London’s Royal Albert Hall, and the remains of a gigantic tribune with ceilings decorated with golden stars and Nazi swastikas.
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You can read about the history of Nazi rallies in Nuremberg on my website at

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