Has missing statue from Hitler's New Reich Chancellery been found? One of the most famous statues in the Third Reich seems to have reappeared after it vanished at the end of WW2. The statue, called The Army, was made by Hitler’s favourite sculptor Arno Breker. Here is a photo of it today:- In 1938 Albert Speer commissioned Breker to make two monumental bronze statues for Hitler’s New Reich Chancellery which Speer was building in Berlin. The statues - one holding a flaming torch, the other a sword - flanked the grand entrance in the Court of Honour. You can see them in this photo:- Here is a close-up of The Army, which stood on the right-hand side of the entrance. This statue has now gone on public display:- And a closer overall view of the entrance to this giant building:- Initially the statues were named the Torch Bearer and Sword Bearer. Later they were renamed The Party and The Army ‘identifying them,’ says Jennifer Mundy of the Tate in London - ‘with these two cornerstones of the Third Reich’s spirit and power.’ Here’s another picture of The Army from another angle when it adorned the New Reich Chancellery entrance:- A general view of the Court of Honour showing both statues with the guard of honour drilling in the field grey uniforms:- ‘The works,’ says Jennifer Mundy, ‘cemented Breker’s position as the Nazis’ artist of choice. In the late 1930s and during the Second World War he became rich and his sculptures were promoted across the Reich – and beyond – as the embodiment of National Socialist cultural policy.’ The sculptures even featured on a German stamp during the war:- So where is The Army statue now? … You can find it on show less than a mile away from where it once stood in the New Reich Chancellery. Breker’s statue is on display in the foyer of the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin at the top of Unter den Linden, adjacent to Museum Island. And pictures of it are cropping up all over the Internet:- Jennifer Mundy, who is Head of the Collection Research at the Tate, posted her comments on the Tate website in September 2012. It was one of a series of articles on lost works of art. There was, she wrote ‘the possibility that, in the confused aftermath of war, occupying Soviet troops took The Party and The Army from the Reich Chancellery either to be melted down or as plunder. Photographs of the war-damaged Chancellery buildings taken by Allied troops show that the sculptures had been moved from the courtyard before the demolition of the Chancellery began, leaving open the remote possibility that, if they have been hidden for political reasons, they may yet be found.’ Well now it seems at least one of them has. Or has it? Is this statue a copy? I emailed Jennifer Mundy and asked for the latest news, but received no reply. The same thing happened when I emailed the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin, the Museum Arno Breker in Nörvenich Castle (between Aachen and Cologne) and a prominent American professor who has written about Nazi art and Arno Breker. No replies. Why such reticence? Admittedly, Breker is still radio active - loathed by many because of his close association with the Nazis. You can see how close when you study one of the most famous wartime pictures taken of Hitler at the height of his power. It’s that iconic photo taken by Heinrich Hoffman showing Hitler flanked by Albert Speer on the left and Arno Breker on the right when the tyrant visited Paris for a few hours in the summer of 1940:- Breker knew Paris well having worked as an artist there in the 1920s. And Speer designed the German Pavilion for the 1937 international exposition in Paris. They were filmed with Hitler by Walter Frentz who you can see at work in this next photo:- But I come back to The Army statue. Is this the actual statue that stood in the New Reich Chancellery, or a copy? If it’s genuine where has it been all these years? There was no fanfare when it went on display at the Deutsches Historisches Museum. The press have ignored it. Yet there it is openly displayed in the foyer of a museum in the centre of Berlin - one of the most important Nazi works of art. And what about its companion statue - The Party? Does that still exist? Is that hidden away somewhere? Here’s a reminder what that looked like:- So will someone please clear up these mysteries. Both sculptures have featured in the Tate’s Gallery of Lost Art which is described as ‘an immersive, online exhibition that told the stories of artworks that had disappeared. Destroyed, stolen, discarded, rejected, erased, ephemeral – some of the most significant artworks of the last 100 years have been lost and can no longer be seen.’ And they’re featured in the book Lost art : missing artworks of the twentieth century produced by Tate Publishing. Like him or loathe him Arno Breker was a major 20th-century artist. He’s an important historical figure. His statues are symbols of their time. There’s no need for secrecy all these year as later.