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Nuremberg as the "City of Nazi Party Rallies"

A section of a poster for an exhibition at the Germanic National Museum in 1937. Photo credit: Nuremberg Municipal Archive

Nuremberg – no other German city is more deeply under the spell of National Socialism. In addition to the Nazi Party Rally Grounds that began construction in 1933, the Old Town, with its Imperial Castle, provides a welcome setting for the Nazi rulers' propaganda events.

In the early days, political and practical reasons had argued in favor of choosing the city for the 1927 and 1929 party rallies. The National Socialists had an early, strong base in Nuremberg and Middle Franconia. And the government's Police Chief was a supporter.

Nuremberg's past as a free imperial city and one of the locations for the medieval Reichstag, the Imperial Diet or general assembly of the Holy Roman Empire, was easily reinterpreted to fit into the concept of the National Socialist Reich. In Potsdam, the symbolic site of the Prussian state, Hitler had attempted in a pompously stage-managed event in March 1933 to arouse the impression that he was following in the tradition of old Prussia. Now in Nuremberg, the Nazi regime presents itself as sponsoring an evolution "From the city of the Reichstag to the city of the Reich Party Rallies" – thus portraying the party as a logical continuation of German history.

On the other hand, it almost entirely excludes Nuremberg's history as a city of industry and workers.

Continue reading: "Building the Nazi Party Rally Grounds"

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