Hitler’s Constructions (Die Bauten Adolf Hitlers)
An opening montage surveys the glories of earlier Gothic and Baroque construction, then points to Germany’s architectural decay of the early 1930s, represented by the constructions of the Bauhaus School.
Architectural salvation comes through Hitler’s call for a new German art, ushering in an architectural legacy he wanted to endure 1,000 years.
The sequences that follow illustrate the varieties of National Socialist construction: youth hostels, Nazi Party schools, bridge projects, the Autobahn, ministries and Party buildings, as well as the famous monumental works, such as the Zeppelinfeld at Nuremberg and the Olympia Stadium complex in Berlin.
With the unfolding of this visual panorama, a distinct aesthetic argument for the superior architecture of the era asserts itself.
DVD, Germany, B&W, English subtitles, 17 min.