OFFICIAL NAZI PROGRAMS FOR LIVE THIRD REICH PERFORMANCES OF PLAYS, OPERAS, CONCERTS, OPERETTAS, ETC. --- PAGE 1 (of 3)
As knowledgeable collectors know ALL of the performing arts in Nazi Germany were allowed only within the parameters established by the Reichskulturkammer (RKK or Reichs Chamber of Culture). Directed by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Reichsminister für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda (State Minister for National Community Clarification and Publicity), performances done live, filmed or recorded, were required to utilize talent and staff that were card-carrying members of the RKK. Unless one possessed RKK membership, working anywhere in the arts in the Grossdeutschland of Adolf Hitler was impossible.
The rare performing arts programs offered on this and connected USMBOOKS webpages are each original to the Third Reich and were part of a recently discovered cache of such documents. All were used by spectators at live performances in Nazi Germany during the Third Reich so some are folded, and they vary from excellent to fair condition. ALL ARE COMPLETE.
Those program published before the war and for performances at the most prestigious venues are the most elegant and comprehensive. They may feature a Nazi celebrity, or the work of a well-known composer, conductor, or theater company. Some have retrospectives of performed works and some contain advertising in addition to casts of characters, credits, a synopsis, etc. Many have photos while some do not.
War-time programs are rarer that pre-war programs but tend to be printed on lower quality paper and contain instruction on how to locate a bomb shelter in the event of an enemy aerial bombardment. The very best have paid advertising for products like SS Allach porcelain, jewelry, fur coats, Rosenthal Porzellan, big name bars, nightclubs and restaurants, hotels, Generalfeldmarschall cigars, and Mercedes-Benz automobiles. Nazi performing arts programs of this rare class feature the best known performers in Grossdeutschland, and in some cases in the world. In addition to the fascinating history they contain, these programs provide a safe, inexpensive, logical and striking field of collecting for those who tire of the endless fakes, phonies and phantoms that plague other areas of Third Reich collectibles.
STATE THEATER BERLIN -
30 DECEMBER 1939
This heavily illustrated Berlin program is for the 16th performance of the operetta Karl III and Anna of Austria on 30 December 1939. It has information about the cast, opening hours of the box office, etc.
There is an extensive retrospective of other performances that took place in this theater during the 1935 - 1938 seasons and all the famous German starts that performed in the Staats-Theater Berlin. This Nazi theater program also has a treasure trove of Third Reich advertising including a large half-page ad for SS Allach porcelain, featuring Frederick the Great on horseback - the same piece of Allach that Hitler kept on a table in his office in the Reichschancellery in Berlin.
RAIMUNDTHEATER WIEN - NOVEMBER 1941
This program is for the debut performance or premier of an operetta with called Millionen-Hochzeit about a wedding on an an ocean liner. The 30 November 1941 performance at the Raimundtheater in Vienna was organized by Die Deutsche Arbeitsfront NS Gemeinschaft Kraft durch Freude (the Strength through Joy section of the DAF).
The back panel has information about what to do and not to do during a Fliegeralarm (air raid).
Used condition - $14.50 delivered
by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 9)
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Very good used condition - $25.00 delivered
by 1st Class Mail. (Lot 7)
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VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN 1941
The play Wie den Alten sungen (How the Old People Sang) by Karl Niemann was performed daily in the Volksbühne, a theater on the Saarlandstrasse in Berlin. This program contains the names of the whole cast, a synopsis of the play and on the back there is advertising for 1941/42 WHW charity collections and other theaters in Berlin.
Good used condition - $10.00 delivered
by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 10)
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STAATSOPER WIEN -
STAATS-THEATER BERLIN (2) -
BURGTHEATER WIEN -
Lot 5 consists of five original Third Reich pieces, two from Vienna and three from Berlin:
• 20-page Staats-Oper Berlin progam for
the 14 January 1937 performance of a romantic/comic opera called MARTHA. Contains information about future performances in Berlin theaters as well as a lot of advertising. Good used condition.
• 24-page Staats-Theater Berlin booklet from winter/spring 1935 featuring program information about PYGMALION (19 February 1935) and PRINZ VON PREUSSEN (25 April 1935). Contains information about future performances in Berlin theaters (including the soon-to-be Mrs. Hermann Göring, Emmy Sonnemann as Minna in Minna von Barnhelm) as well as a lot of advertising. Used condition.
• 16-page program with an embossed eagle and swastika on the cover, from Burgtheater in Vienna. It was printed for the Saturday 23 January 1941 performance of LIBUSSA. Good condition.
• 20-page program with an embossed eagle and swastika on the cover, from the Saturday 15 February 1941 performance of DIE VERKAUFTE BRAUT (The Sold Bride) at the Vienna State Opera. Very good condition.
• 32-page Staats-Theater Berlin booklet from the sold-out performance of PRECIOSA that took place at the theater on the Gendearmenmarkt in Berlin on 18 March 1941. There is historical background information about this play that was first performed in 1821, photos of actors of Berlin's State Theater, information about future performances as well as a lot of advertising. Very good condition.
DEUTSCHES THEATER BERLIN
by 1st Class Mail. (Lot 3)
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Lot 3 is a program for a performance of the play DAME KOBOLD that took place in a smaller theater on the Schumannstrasse in Berlin. The subject of the play was 17th century Madrid. Program also contains information about other plays in Berlin as well as advertising. Ink stains on all interior pages!
STAATSTHEATER BERLIN -
22 NOVEMBER 1941
Lot 12 is a program for the fourth and sold-out performance of OPHIGENIE IN DELPHI that took place at the Schauspielhaus on the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin on 22 November 1941. Includes cast details, future performances in the same theater and a picture of the author of the tragedy performed, Gerhart Hauptmann.
Good used condition - $12.50 delivered
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Condition as shown - $ 45.00 delivered by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 5)
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NAZI PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS, BERLIN, WIEN, SALZBURG, ETC.
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