Zeppelin Field – Nazi Party Rally Grounds

If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ― Michael Crichton

The Nazi Party Rally Grounds (Reichsparteigelande) hosted six rallies held every September between 1933 and 1938. The rallies lasted a week and drew as many as one million people. The central events consisted of mass parades and roll calls in the presence of Adolf Hitler.

The grandstand was desigend by Albert Speer and based on the Pergamon Altar. The building was made of concrete and brick work, faced with lime slabs. This building and complex were considered a representative of National Socialist state architecture.
The US Army held its victory parade on April 22, 1945 at the main grandstand and blew up the swastika to show the end of National Socialism.
Zeppelin Field could accommodate up to 200,000 people at one time.
The “Cathedral of Light” provided spectacular effects, when over 150 particularly strong floodlights beamed right up into the sky.

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