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THE REICHS SPORT FIELD OLYMPIC STADIUM
THE NAZI MINISTRY OF THE
BOOK ON THE
CONCEPT, DESIGN AND
CONSTRUCTION OF THE
This rare Nazi book on the Berlin Olympic Grounds is in excellent condition
We will be happy to ship abroad at additional cost. Please inquire.
USM book # 166
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While the Reichssportfeld (State Sports Ground) in Berlin was designed specifically for the Olympic Games in 1936 it was conceptualized by Adolf Hitler as a venue that would still be in use hundreds of years after his death. It was built from the finest materials on the best piece of land available in the capital of Nazi Germany and was important to the Führer that it had its own subway station. It is an important historical note that this subway station was not called “Olympic Stadium”, but rather S-Bahnhof Reichssportfeld.
Unlikely as it may seem, the responsibility for designing and building the Reichssportfeld was not left to people who simply had experience in construction, but was placed in the hands of the Reichsministerium des Innern (the National Interior Ministry). It was a very important National Socialist job that was intended to reflect the Nazi image of the nation of Germany, not only in 1936 but in the centuries to come. Hitler may have very well been right! The current government of Germany considered destroying the Reichssportfeld recently but decided that the facilities were so well built that it would be a much better idea to provide them with adequate maintenance and continue to use them in the foreseeable future.
The book we offer here, Das Reichssportfeld, is a very rare one produced in a special binding with a genuine pigskin spine with gold blocking. It was published for the Reichsministerium des Innern by Reichssportverlag in Berlin in 1936. It measures 9-3/8 x 12-1/4 inches, is printed on very high quality paper with many, many illustrations and contains 192 pages.
The first white page of this book has nothing on it but a huge 3-1/4 inch black eagle and swastika. The first picture in the book is a full-page photo of Adolf Hitler explaining his vision of the Reichssportfeld to Dr. Frick, then the Minister of Interior. The illustrated contents of the book begins with a large two-page spread showing the Werner March drawing of the Olympic Stadium from directly above. That is followed by the same sort of superb view of the entire Reichssportfeld area from Dietrich Eckart Stage to the horse riding facilities, the railway station, Olympic square, to the swimming venue.
There are photographs of the destruction of the old buildings on the site and the construction of the massive foundations for the new Olympisches Stadion, the preparations for the installation of the Olympic Bell, etc. The photos that follow show the site and its buildings in incredible detail inside and out. The sculptures, the halls, the rooms and the landscaping are all shown in wonderful detail as in no other Third Reich publication.
There is more original 1936 Olympic Games material for sale on this website:
Bakelite model of the Berlin Olympic Stadium, click HERE.
Berlin Olympics photo book, click HERE.
1936 Olympic postcards, click HERE.
Leni Riefenstahl's OLYMPIA movie brochures, click HERE.
Superb Olympic Games photo book by Leni Riefenstahl, click HERE.