Nazi Documentation Center Nuremberg / Nuernberg Photo Tour

This is a photo tour of the Nazi Documentation Center in Nuremberg / Nuernberg, Germany.

After the war, the Allies ordered the construction of this permanent exhibition in order to provide a lasting reminder of the origin of the Nazis, how they seized power, and the outcome of their policies right down to photos of concentration camps, the extensive damage to German cities, and the trial and punishment of the war criminals in Nuernberg.

The location for the exhibition is one of the buildings in the colossal Reichsparteigelaende (Imperial Party Grounds), where the infamous Nazi rallies were held. If you've seen Leni Reifenstahl's Triumph of the Will you've seen the Reichsparteigelaende, which was meant to be some sort of neo-classical right-wing Disneyland. Speer's designs were never fully realized, though some of the monumental architecture remains, particularly the Zeppelin field. The stands of the field are instantly recognizable for WWII armchair historians as where Hitler stood reviewing the saluting Waffen SS, RAD divisions, Hitler Youth, etc. And above and behind his podium was where the Allied soldiers dynamited the huge swastika; but otherwise the stands look more or less like they did in 1939.

The week I visited, the Zeppelin field was hosting mini-car races instead of ranks of thousands of brown-shirted Sturmabteilung members, which I think is funny as hell. Note to future megalomaniacs: the most solemn site in your self-made mythos will likely end up being trampled on, mocked, and finally (and most humiliatingly) simply ignored by future generations.

This slideshow is arranged in the order of my tour through the museum and then the surrounding parkland. There is basically only one path through the museum, and I photographed virtually every room, so by following it you will get a good idea of how it actually unfolds and certainly how it looks, which is really pretty interesting. I assume it's intentional; the raw concrete and brick surfaces of the building, together with the low ceilings, really brings to mind an air-raid bunker. All in all, the exhibition gives an excellent primer on the NSDAP (aka the 'Nazis' if you're new to this sort of thing) and German history from 1919-1946.

Of Related Interest:

Reichsparteigelaende / NSDAP Party Rally Grounds
Reichsparteigelaende / NSDAP Party Rally Grounds
Nazi Documentation Center Exhibition Hallway 1
Nazi Documentation Center Exhibition Hallway 1
1918 Revolution and the Freikorps
1918 Revolution and the Freikorps
Hitler and the formation of the Nazi Party
Hitler and the formation of the Nazi Party
The Revolution or Strassenkampf
The Revolution or Strassenkampf
Nazi Organizations
Nazi Organizations
Nazi Book Burning and Jewish Boycott
Nazi Book Burning and Jewish Boycott
Reichstag Burning
Reichstag Burning
Reichstag Burning Redux and Dachau
Reichstag Burning Redux and Dachau
Concentration Camp Badges Explained
Concentration Camp Badges Explained
Adoring Hitler Fans
Adoring Hitler Fans
Adoring Hitler Fans and SS Mann
Adoring Hitler Fans and SS Mann
Hitler and The Fuehrer Cult
Hitler and The Fuehrer Cult
Hitler and The Fuehrer Cult 2
Hitler and The Fuehrer Cult 2
Hitlers Air Force One
Hitlers Air Force One
Hitler and The Fuehrer Cult 3
Hitler and The Fuehrer Cult 3
Reichsparteitag / Nazi Party Rally Day
Reichsparteitag / Nazi Party Rally Day
Reichsparteigelaende / Nazi Party Rally Grounds
Reichsparteigelaende / Nazi Party Rally Grounds
Reichsparteigelaende / Nazi Party Rally Grounds Decisionmakers
Reichsparteigelaende / Nazi Party Rally Grounds Decisionmakers
Reichsparteigelaende / Nazi Party Rally Grounds Plans
Reichsparteigelaende / Nazi Party Rally Grounds Plans
Reichsparteigelaende / Nazi Party Rally Grounds Details
Reichsparteigelaende / Nazi Party Rally Grounds Details
Slave Labor and Concentration Camps in the Reich
Slave Labor and Concentration Camps in the Reich
Concentration Camps in the Reich, Gross-Rosen and Natzweiler Struthof
Concentration Camps in the Reich, Gross-Rosen and Natzweiler Struthof
Concentration Camps in the Reich, Gross-Rosen Plan
Concentration Camps in the Reich, Gross-Rosen Plan
Concentration Camps in the Reich, Flossenbuerg
Concentration Camps in the Reich, Flossenbuerg
Mauthausen Concentration Camp
Mauthausen Concentration Camp
Reichsparteigelaende / Nazi Party Rally Grounds Details 2
Reichsparteigelaende / Nazi Party Rally Grounds Details 2
Reichsparteigelaende / Nazi Party Rally Grounds Details 3
Reichsparteigelaende / Nazi Party Rally Grounds Details 3
Reichsparteitag Propaganda
Reichsparteitag Propaganda
Reichsparteitag Assemblies
Reichsparteitag Assemblies
Leaving the Reichsparteitag
Leaving the Reichsparteitag
The Nuernberger Gesetze / Nuremberg Decrees
The Nuernberger Gesetze / Nuremberg Decrees
The Main Bunker
The Main Bunker
The Nuernberger Gesetze / Nuremberg Decrees Closeup
The Nuernberger Gesetze / Nuremberg Decrees Closeup
WWII Gets Dark
WWII Gets Dark
Jews are Gathered Up
Jews are Gathered Up
Death and Destruction - WWII
Death and Destruction - WWII
Death and Destruction WWII
Death and Destruction WWII
The Death Camps
The Death Camps
Karma comes to Deutschland
Karma comes to Deutschland
Nuernberg Erobert / Nuernberg Conquered
Nuernberg Erobert / Nuernberg Conquered
The Aftermath
The Aftermath
View of Nurmeberg Destroyed
View of Nurmeberg Destroyed
Nuremberg Trial Documents
Nuremberg Trial Documents
Aerial View of Nuremberg Destroyed
Aerial View of Nuremberg Destroyed
The Nazi Documentation Center Today
The Nazi Documentation Center Today
Time Lapse of the Party Grounds
Time Lapse of the Party Grounds
Multimedia End of the Tour
Multimedia End of the Tour
Courtyard of the Documentation Center and Catwalk
Courtyard of the Documentation Center and Catwalk
Courtyard of the Documentation Center and Catwalk 2
Courtyard of the Documentation Center and Catwalk 2
Courtyard of the Documentation Center
Courtyard of the Documentation Center
Hitlers Banquet Hall
Hitlers Banquet Hall
Leaving Dokumentationszentrum
Leaving Dokumentationszentrum
A Tour Outside in the Reichspartygelaende
A Tour Outside in the Reichspartygelaende
The Great Street in Party Land
The Great Street in Party Land
The Nuremberg Great Street
The Nuremberg Great Street
Bunkers at Side of Zeppelin Field
Bunkers at Side of Zeppelin Field
Stands and Podium at Zeppelin Field
Stands and Podium at Zeppelin Field
Stands and Podium at Zeppelin Field 2
Stands and Podium at Zeppelin Field 2
Podium at Nurembergs Zeppelin Field
Podium at Nurembergs Zeppelin Field
Markers Nuremberg Rally Zeppelin Field
Markers Nuremberg Rally Zeppelin Field
Climbing up to the Zeppelin Podium
Climbing up to the Zeppelin Podium
View out onto Nurembergs Zeppelin Field
View out onto Nurembergs Zeppelin Field
Hitlers Review at Nurembergs Zeppelin Field
Hitlers Review at Nurembergs Zeppelin Field
View from Hitlers Podium
View from Hitlers Podium
View Backwards from Hitlers Podium
View Backwards from Hitlers Podium
Front View of Nuremberg Zeppelin Stands
Front View of Nuremberg Zeppelin Stands
History of the Zeppelin Field in the Rally Grounds
History of the Zeppelin Field in the Rally Grounds
Nazi Documentation Center at Sunset
Nazi Documentation Center at Sunset
Nazi Documentation Center from the Lake
Nazi Documentation Center from the Lake
German Gas Station Handheld at Night with D700
German Gas Station Handheld at Night with D700