Speer's Models

Discussion in 'General' started by Gage, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek

    Do the model's of the 'New Berlin' that Speer had made for Hitler still survive or did the Russians destroy them?
  2. leccy

    leccy Senior Member

    Not necessarily the Soviets who destroyed them - lots of fighting and bombing in Berlin.

    When I was stationed in Berlin in the early 1990's we only saw photos of part of 'Germania', we were told no complete picture or model of the whole vision remained.

    When I went back in 2012 to look around the tourist guides said the same.
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

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  4. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

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  5. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    The one on display at the DHM in Berlin is original as far as I am aware.
  6. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I was googling last night and it's collections literature appears to imply it (the Grosse Halle) was made in 1998.
    Might be two such items though.
    On phone, but will dig out links later.
  7. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek

    Thanks all.
  8. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I too looked at a lot of Websites and Forums, with the General opinion that the real models were stored in the Chancellery building which was severely damaged by bombing and Artillery fire, destroying the models.

    Nothing absolutely definite, but not many buildings survived and the only hope would have been storage in an Underground bunker.

    This was a huge model and would have taken up a lot of room even broken back down into sections and whilst there were plenty of Underground places available, nothing is mentioned that I can find.

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  9. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Ooh, forgot.
    This was the reference I looked at, repeated on one or two other bits of literature for them:
    (small .pdf) https://www.dhm.de/fileadmin/medien/relaunch/bildung-und-vermittlung/Nationalsozialismus_Dozentenmaterial.pdf

    Not completely clear that it's the same model on display, but I couldn't find any other references to another original model.
    My non-existent German may explain this though... Not entirely sure if they're referencing the photograph with those dates, or a photographer, or what.
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