Hitler's vision of a super-city fit for the Reich takes shape - in miniature





Adolf Hitler called it Germania, his vision of Berlin as a city full of bloated marble architecture, capital of the Nazi-run world. “Berlin will only be comparable with the Ancient Egyptians, Babylonians or Romans,” the Nazi leader said. “What is London, what is Paris by comparison?”

For decades his plans were regarded as so crazed that they were confined to specialist books and institutes.

Yesterday the taboo was broken. Peer Steinbrück, the German Finance Minister, unveiled a scale model of Germania, the Führer’s supersized city. Centrepiece of the display was the domed Great Hall, planned by Albert Speer, Hitler’s master architect, to accommodate a crowd of 150,000.

“We wanted to avoid this exhibition being seen by the wrong people,” said Karl Dettmaer, deputy director of the regional picture archives, which first tried to deal with the sensitive Germania issue in the 1980s.

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