German Propaganda Archive Calvin University


Background: Hitler prided himself on his buildings, the “word in stone.” Munich was the headquarters of the party, and received a major share of his architectural interest. Hitler clearly saw buildings as propaganda. They were designed to impress. These photos come from a book published by the Nazi Party’s publishing firm. The book often was given as a gift by Franz X. Schwarz, the party’s treasurer.

The source: Franz Maier-Hartmann, Die Bauten der NSDAP. in der Hauptstadt der Bewegung (Munich: Zentralverlag der NSDAP., 1942).

Nazi Buildings

Nazi building This is the book’s frontpiece, a portrait of Hitler by Horn-Stauffer.
Nazi building This is the “Brown House,” the NSDAP’s headquarters building in Munich. According to the text: “Party members from throughout the Reich will not miss the chance to visit the Brown House while visiting Munich.”
Nazi building This is a picture of the Königsplatz in Munich, where in 1935 two “Honor Temples” were erected for the remains of the sixteen Nazis who died in the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch.
Nazi building This is a close-up of one of the two “Honor Temple” structures.
Nazi building The “Führerbau,” a major party office building in Munich.
Nazi building Hitler’s office in the Munich “Führerbau.”
Nazi building The party’s administration building.
Nazi building A model of the party chancellery.

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