Saturday, August 6, 2016

Hitler’s Supercity

A model of the the Volkshalle (People's Hall)

Today on Far Future Horizons we take another foray in Alternate History and visit once again a world in which Hitler victoriously defeats the allies.

Hitler caused more death and destruction than anyone else in history. But he also had plans to build on a massive scale and wanted to build a German city, called Germania, on a par with the glories of ancient Greece and Rome. Germania was to be a city that celebrated the victory of Nazi Germany had Hitler been victorious.

Albert Speer examining plans with Hitler at the Berghof (1938)

Lost Worlds pieces together a picture of how Hitler envisioned Germania as it rose from the ashes, like a triumphant Phoenix from the ruins of war based on plans of his architect Albert Speer.

A model of Adolf Hitler's plan for Berlin formulated under the direction of Albert Speer, looking north toward the Volkshalle at the top of the frame.

In Nuremberg, Hitler’s Supercity recreates the Zeppelin Tribune: where 60,000 people could overlook a parade ground. Discover the real purpose of the 405,000-seat stadium Speer planned to hold the Olympic Games. And computer-generated images based on Speer's plans bring to life the monuments Hitler planned for himself: the Triumphal Arch, twice the height and four times the width of Paris's Arc de Triomphe and the People's Hall (Volkshalle), a structure so big the Eiffel Tower could fit inside it. 

Volkshalle Model

Monstrous, intimidating, built on slave labour, this is the Lost World we would now be living in if the Second World War had gone differently.

Lost Words: Hitler’s Supercity is available on DVD from the History Channel's online shop

Lost Worlds - Hitlers Supercity


3D Model of Hitler's Germania 
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