Het Derde Rijk en de antieken Mythevorming en architecturale zelfrepresentatie in nazi-Duitsland



The National Socialist State represented itself by means of vast public
buildings, executed in a stripped neoclassical style, thus linking the Third
Reich directly with Antiquity and a more recent German past (1750-
1850). Hitler, who showed much interest in art and especially in architecture,
wanted his Reich, which he came to see as a sort of myth, to look monumental
and timeless. The buildings would symbolize the power of the new
regime. They were the scene and background of public life and were used
to mobilize the German masses into a solid nation. A new political culture,
an ersatz religion, was created, and a cult to go with it. Polities, aesthetics,
religion, ... all became one dramatic whole.