Führer Cult and Megalomania
At the Zeppelin Field in Nuremberg, the ruins of Hitler's stand are a reminder of the bombastic
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At the Zeppelin Field in Nuremberg, the ruins of Hitler's stand are a reminder of the bombastic marches that were staged there during the Nazi party rallies. It is one of the few relics still left from the era of Hitler's favorite architect, Albert Speer. "Even the pyramids," Hitler told his protégé, "will be dwarfed by the masses of concrete and stone blocks which I am building there.” There is evidence to suggest that Hitler had already decided in 1929 to make Nuremberg the "City of the Party Rallies,” as it had been the most anti-Semitic city in Europe. Nuremberg had also represented the greatness of the German Empire in medieval times, and it soon became a traditional site for political rallies. Up to one-and-a-half million people would converge on Nuremberg to attend an eight-day party rally. These gatherings were indispensable for the Nazis, as it provided a platform by which the regime could present itself once a year through a gigantic propaganda machine - oiled by brochures, books, recordings, radio transmissions and films. Even today it is possible to see signs in Nuremberg of the megalomaniacal practices that the system was to assume. In such arenas, the individual was worthless and nothing more than a minute ornament. According to experts, this state and party rally architecture was a symbol of Hitler's determination to achieve world domination. Rare footage of the construction work was used for this documentary. A previously unknown amateur film even shows the land in color in 1936. Witnesses report on the atmosphere during the party rallies which overflowed with fanatical anti-Semitism, and the unprecedented Führer cult.