Nearly fifty years after the collapse of Adolf Hitler s Third Reich, the officially sanctioned art of his National Socialist regime remains largely unknown Since , few people have seen these controversial works many were destroyed in World War Two bombings most of what survived is hidden away, accessible only to scholars In Art of the Third Reich, Peter Adam who grew up in Berlin in the Hitler era has gone back to Germany after years in England as a BBC documentary film producer and made an extensive study of the art of the National Socialists Adam explores its complex ramifications, which led to a traditional German style linked to nature, family, and the homeland and to the suppression of modern art associated by the Reich with large cities, internationalism, and decadence Painting, sculpture, architecture, film, and all the other art disciplines were compelled to serve as vehicles for the transmission of National Socialist ideology, intended to forge the people s collective mind in the Nazi mold Hitler s belief that architecture was the most forceful manifestation of absolute political power lay at the heart of his grandiose schemes for redesigning Munich, Berlin, Nuremberg, and than a score of other German cities Hitler also virtually created a new art the art of manipulating mass emotions, which he skillfully used at Nazi Party rallies and in mass sports events, such as the notorious Olympic Games in Berlin inHow this art form was enacted against a backdrop of colossal architecture makes a fascinating and important leitmotif in this study The research for this engrossing book took Adam to hidden repositories in both the United States and Germany Fromoften tattered books and magazines of the period, he has gleaned many of theillustrations covering the broad spectrum of National Socialist art, which scholars are now beginning to recognize as an essential source of information about the perplexing Third Reich

10 thoughts on “Art of the Third Reich

  1. Sara Ott-Wilcox Sara Ott-Wilcox says:

    I found this book when I was looking for information on Nazi propaganda art It was informative and interesting, but I wish it had less architectural information.

  2. Amber + Casey Amber + Casey says:

    I used it for a research paper.

  3. Kelly Paprocki Kelly Paprocki says:

    germans are still embarrassed about what happened