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Hitler at Home Architecture Publication
Published by Yale University Press
28 Sep 2015
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Author: Despina Stratigakos
Adolf Hitler’s makeover from rabble-rouser to statesman coincided with a series of dramatic home renovations he undertook during the mid-1930s.
Heinrich Hoffmann, view of window in the Great Hall of the Berghof, 1936. Credit: Heinrich Hoffmann Collection, Picture Archive, Bavarian State Library
This provocative book exposes the dictator’s preoccupation with his private persona, which was shaped by the aesthetic and ideological management of his domestic architecture. Hitler’s bachelor life stirred rumors, and the Nazi regime relied on the dictator’s three dwellings—the Old Chancellery in Berlin, his apartment in Munich, and the Berghof, his mountain home on the Obersalzberg—to foster the myth of the Führer as a morally upstanding and refined man. Author Despina Stratigakos also reveals the previously untold story of Hitler’s interior designer, Gerdy Troost, through newly discovered archival sources.
Heinrich Hoffmann, postcard of the Berghof, 1936. Credit: Heinrich Hoffmann Collection, Picture Archive, Bavarian State Library
At the height of the Third Reich, media outlets around the world showcased Hitler’s homes to audiences eager for behind-the-scenes stories. After the war, fascination with Hitler’s domestic life continued as soldiers and journalists searched his dwellings for insights into his psychology.
Photograph of Eva Braun’s room in the Berghof with a framed Hitler portrait. The print is pasted into one of Eva Braun’s photographic albums. Credit: Eva Braun Photographic Albums, National Archives, College Park, MD
The book’s rich illustrations, many previously unpublished, offer readers a rare glimpse into the decisions involved in the making of Hitler’s homes and into the sheer power of the propaganda that influenced how the world saw him.
Adolf Hitler escorts a young girl, Rosa Bernile Nienau, to his house on the Obersalzberg. Photograph from Heinrich Hoffmann’s “Youth Around Hitler.” Credit: Heinrich Hoffmann, courtesy of Bavarian State Library
Despina Stratigakos is associate professor and interim chair of architecture at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
The cover of Heinrich Hoffmann’s book, “Hitler Away From It All,” shows Hitler standing with a view of his mountain estate on the Obersalzberg. Hitler helped design the renovated villa and often hosted guests, including journalists and prominent statesmen, at the residence in the 1930s. Credit: Heinrich Hoffmann, courtesy of Bavarian State Library
Hitler at Home – Book Information
Sep 29, 2015
384 p., 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
13 color + 71 b/w illus.
The cover of Heinrich Hoffmann’s book, “The Hitler Nobody Knows,” features Adolf Hitler in a country landscape. Photographs showing Hitler in country settings with animals and children were published around the world in the 1930s. Credit: Heinrich Hoffmann, courtesy of Bavarian State Library – See more at: http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2015/08/034.html#sthash.Vx796vhT.dpuf
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