Brunswick Thingstätte – notes

Brunswick-Nußberg / Lower Saxony


The Thingstätte in Brunswick was among the first 66 of the official construction program. It was built in an old quarry of the Nußberg not far from the city center. It formed an urban axis together with the cathedral, the tomb of Henry the Lion, the Landestheater and the city’s parade ground (the later “SA- Feld”), . Today, the Thing site has fallen into disrepair and is hardly visible except for a few steps.[1]

Begin of construction / inauguration
March 21st 1934 / Aug 18th 1935
                                   
Architects / Construction
Fritz Schaller, Ernst Zinsser, Berlin / Robert Dirichs, Brunswick
                                   
Historic Name
Ceremonial Site on the Nußberg
            
Historic Usage

Aug 18th 1935„Übergabespiel“ by Karl Fischer
Aug 18th 1935Thingplay „Ewiges Volk“ (Eternal people) by Wolfram Brockmeier with music by Karl Wittkopp
1936Several rallies
1937 – 1939
runswick Festival with a total of 11 different performances, including “Alkestis” by Christoph Willibald Gluck
1937 (Brunswick Festival)„Frankenburger Würfelspiel“ by Eberhard Wolfgang Möller
1938 (Brunswick Festival)„Nibelungen“ I +IIby Friedrich Hebbel
1939 (Brunswick Festival)„Hochverräter“ (high traitor) by Curt Langenbeck
Beethoven’s 9.th Symphony
Song and dance play„Faith and Beauty“
May 14. – 24.1939

May 19th 1939 and May 20th 1939 
4th Reichsführer camp of the Hitler Youth
In the context of it:
„Schlacht der weißen Schiffe“ (Battle of the White Ships) byHenrik Herse

[2]


Contemporary usage
Recreation area, wooded

Further info:
A war memorial in the form of a “blood witness memorial” was to be erected as a classically intended counterpart to the Thing site and the peripheral ensemble described above, as a stylization of Nazi martyrdom. As a kind of Nazi cathedral, it was to be the crowning glory of the overall construction measures. Due to the lack of financial means on the eve of the Second World War, this project was no longer realized.. [3]


[1] Stommer, Rainer, Die inszenierte Volksgemeinschaft, Jonas- Verlag Marburg, 1985, p. 209 f.

[2] ibid.

[3] Bein, Reinhard, Zeitzeichen. Stadt und Land Braunschweig 1930–1945, Döring-Verlag Braunschweig, 2000, 
p. 11


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