Relics of the Reich

The Buildings The Nazis Left Behind

Colin Philpott

Date Published :
October 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
120 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399013116
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Relics of the Reich is the story of what happened to the buildings the Nazis left behind. Hitler’s Reich may have been defeated in 1945 but many buildings, military installations and other sites remained. At the end of the War, some were obliterated by the victorious Allies but others survived.

For almost fifty years, these were left crumbling and ignored with post-war and divided Germany unsure what to do with them, often fearful that they might become shrines for neo-Nazis. Since the early 1990s, Germans have come to terms with these iconic sites and their uncomfortable part. Some sites are even listed buildings.

Relics of the Reich visits many of the buildings and structures built or adapted by the Nazis and looks at what has happened since 1945 to try to discover what it tells us about Germany’s attitude to Nazism now.

It also acts as a commemoration of mankind’s deliverance from a dark decade and serves as renewal of our commitment to ensure history does not repeat itself.

About The Author

Colin Philpott has a long-standing interest in Second World War history, architecture and abandoned buildings and venues.

Relics of the Reich (Pen and Sword Military, 2015) examined and described the Nazis’ architectural legacy. He is also the author of A Place in History (2012) and his drama The Last Match was first performed in 2014.

He is the former Director of the National Media Museum and was a BBC programme-maker and journalist for twenty-five years. Alongside his writing, he now works as a non-executive director, a producer on creative and media projects and as a radio and event presenter. He is in demand as a lecturer and presenter.

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