The New Reich’s Chancellery was the only building Albert Speer designed for Germania that was ever completed. In this documentary it is demonstrated how the building history of the Reich’s Chancellery influenced and determined its final design. All the facades of the building in its various stages have been recreated, from the first extention commisioned by Hitler in 1934 to the final structure of the New Reich’s Chancellery which spanned over 400m, and which served as the stage from which Hitler directed his aggressive policies. www.flashback-medien.de
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The Battle of Berlin, designated the Berlin Strategic Offensive Operation by the Soviet Union, was the final major offensive of the European Theatre of World War II.[nb 6] Starting on 16 January 1945, the Red Army breached the German front as a result of the Vistula–Oder Offensive and advanced westward as much as 40 kilometres a day, through East Prussia, Lower Silesia, East Pomerania, and Upper Silesia, temporarily halting on a line 60 kilometres east of Berlin along the Oder River. During the offensive, two Soviet fronts (army groups) attacked Berlin from the east and south, while a third overran German forces positioned north of Berlin. The Battle in Berlin lasted from 20 April 1945 until the morning of 2 May and was one of the bloodiest battles in history. The first defensive preparations at the outskirts of Berlin were on 20 March, when the newly appointed commander of the Army Group Vistula, General Gotthard Heinrici, correctly anticipated that the main Soviet thrust would be made over the Oder River. Before the main battle in Berlin commenced, the Soviets managed to encircle the city as a result of the battles of the Seelow Heights and Halbe. During 20 April 1945, the 1st Belorussian Front led by Marshal Georgy Zhukov started shelling Berlin’s city centre, while Marshal Ivan Konev’s 1st Ukrainian Front had pushed in the north through the last formations of Army Group Centre. The German defences were mainly led by Helmuth Weidling and consisted of several depleted …
Berlin History 4 of 15 – Dangerous Ideas 4 of 4 – Matt Frei BBC Culture Documentary, recorded 11.11.2009 “Visions of the Future” — A series in which Matt Frei explores different aspects of Berlin, a city that thrives on diversity. This is the place that inspired Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, hosted the Bauhaus and broke away from the traditional 19th century painting style. Recorded from BBC on 10.11.2009. See my home videos (at Akuaba1) for a different view of Berlin, see eg videos of Sanssouci palace at www.youtube.com .
Berlin History 3 of 15 – Dangerous Ideas 3 of 4 – Matt Frei BBC Culture Documentary, recorded 11.11.2009 “Visions of the Future” — A series in which Matt Frei explores different aspects of Berlin, a city that thrives on diversity. This is the place that inspired Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, hosted the Bauhaus and broke away from the traditional 19th century painting style. Recorded from BBC on 10.11.2009.
In 1937, Speer was appointed “Generalbauinspektor for the Reich’s Capital” by Adolf Hitler. In this capacity he had the responsibility to rebuild the city of Berlin into a modern metropolis of power for the German Reich — “Germania”. For this series Speer’s work has been recreated in a detailed virtual 3D model, from his first commission for the Nazi Party in 1932, to the “Great Hall” that Hitler wished him to complete before 1950. This makes it possible to draw a direct comparison between the historic architecture of the old Berlin, and the buildings that were constructed and planned by the Nazis. Some of these buildings, which were originally erected under Albert Speer, still dominate the cityscape of modern Berlin, although their origin is largely unknown today. Die Voßstraße Focusing on the time period between 1932 and 1940, the historic buildings of Voss Street were digitally recreated for this film. Aside from the architectural highlights on the street, such as the Ministry of Justice, the Bavarian legation and Palais Mosse, the film also discusses the building where Albert Speer executed his first contract for the Nazi Party in 1932. The way in which the construction of the New Reich’s Chancellery influenced the character of the street is demonstrated, as well as the expansion of Voss Street that would have taken place by 1950. This expansion was never carried out, and formed part of the plans for the new Reich’s Capital — “Germania”. www.albert-speers-berlin.de