The Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremburg, or Documentation Center for short, is housed in the North Wing of the unfinished congress hall built by the National Socialist Party. Nuremburg being the home-base for the party, the unfinished congress hall is the largest architectural remains built by them and no other place would be more suitable to hold a permanent exhibit of “Fascination and Terror”, which showcases the rise and fall of Adolf Hilter, the progression of National Socialist movement and the crimes committed. Special attention were given to events, things, people, architecture related to Nazi-ruled Nuremburg, with the Nuremburg trials being the closing chapter for this tormented piece of history.
The left wing of the congress hall is the entrance to the museum.
The building is left as is, with the most part of it being concrete and bricks.
Hitler started off his political career being eager to help Germany change for the better after the First World War; where Germany was made to accept the Treaty of Versailles with conditions to make territorial concessions and repay for war damages which eventually led to Germany’s deteriorating economy.
With increasing political power, Hitler was well received and respected, he reached a godly, messiah status with the Germans, where they fondly refer to him as the “Führer”. Hitler statue heads were mass produced so the common folks could keep a statue of him at home.
A copy of “Mein Kempf” (My Struggle), written by him while he was in jail.
His political success was no fluke; for he was a tactful, manipulative man that excelled at propaganda. He took many considerations into account when constructing the congress hall and rally grounds. The central road, known as the Great Road in the rally ground is a 2 km long road, aligned to the old Nuremburg castle, which signifies a connection of old Nuremburg glory and a (then) present Nuremburg lead by the National Socialist Party. At Zepplin Field, a special lighting effect known as the “Cathedral of Lights” were shot into the sky during night Nazi rally parties, linking the notion of sacredness and solemness to Hitler.
A compelling image is the tens of thousands of soldiers, all lined uniformly, listening to their “Führer”. Ironic too, when the “Führer” became one of the most evil man in mankind.
At the end of the exhibition, there is a Jewish memorial with millions of cards scattered on railway tracks , each one with the name of a Jewish person and his or her life lost during Nazi’s reign. The railway tracks were the most common way to send off the Jews to their doomed fate in concentration camps.
Documentation Center Official Website
Address : Bayernstraße 110, 90478 Nuremberg, Germany
Tel : +49 (0) 911 231 7538
Opening Hours : Mon – Fri 9 am – 6 pm. Sat – Sun 10 am – 6pm.
Entrance Fee : 5 Euros for adults. See Documentation Center official Website for more detailed info.
Getting there : S2 Line to Docuzentrum Station. (The journey is not long, about 10 minutes or so but it is on a commuter line, the trains are less frequent, so do check the schedule at DB Bahn for precise schedule).