20th March 2014
Part of our Germany trip was a visit to a vast complex of buildings which formed part of Hitler’s third Reich. The building we accessed to photograph was built in the 1930’s as National Socialistic Political Educational Institution during the Third Reich period in Nazi Germany.
After the fall of the Third Reich it has been in use as a school, to house a Ministry and boarding school.
Part of the building from Google Earth forms the ‘SS’ symbol of the Schutzstaffel who were a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party (NSDAP). It began at the end of 1920 as a small, permanent guard unit known as the “Saal-Schutz” (Hall-Protection) made up of NSDAP volunteers to provide security for Nazi Party meetings in Munich. Later, in 1925, Heinrich Himmler joined the unit, which had by then been reformed and renamed the “Schutzstaffel”. Under Himmler’s leadership (1929–45), it grew from a small paramilitary formation to one of the largest and most powerful organizations in the Third Reich. Built upon the Nazi ideology, the SS under Himmler’s command was responsible for many of the crimes against humanity during World War II (1939–45). The SS, along with the Nazi Party, was declared a criminal organization by the International Military Tribunal, and banned in Germany after 1945.
This may be purely coincidental but despite its history and what has passed its there still remaining, in good condition after many years.
There was less decay than I would normally like to see but was an impressive place to photograph with a lot of history even though negative.
Thanks for looking in.