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OFFICIAL NAZI PROGRAMS FOR LIVE THIRD REICH PERFORMANCES OF PLAYS, OPERAS, CONCERTS, OPERETTAS, ETC.   ---  PAGE 2 (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.

Staatsoper Wien

STAATS-THEATER BERLIN -
2 APRIL 1940

The heavily illustrated program contains information about the play, well-known playwright Henrik Ibsen, pictures of the cast members of the Staats-Theater Berlin, and future performances.  It also has wonderful period advertising, including the rare SS Allach porcelain ad shown right.

This program was printed for the KdF Theater Group performance of Bernard Shaw's PYGMALION on Monday 8 December 1941at the Lustspielhaus in Berlin.  Contains information about the cast, fuure performances at the Staatstheater-Lustspielhaus and there is a quote about laughter by Nietsche on the back panel.

Lot 13

Carmen - Georges Bizet

BERLIN OPERA HOUSE -
18 JANUARY 1943

On Monday 18 January 1943 a performance of the Puccini opera MADAME BUTTERFLY took place in the Deutsches Opernhaus in Berlin.  The front of the program contains general and cast information and on the back side there is a synopsis of the story of Madame Butterfly. The back also contains information about what to do in case of an air raid, on the way to and in the air raid shelter. 
Nazi eagle and swastika

Used condition - $7.50 delivered by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 13) 

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Very good condition - $9.50 delivered by 1st Class Mail.  (Lot 17) 

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Very good condition - $15.00 delivered by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 17) 

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The tragedy ANTIGONE by Friedrich Hölderin was performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna on Saturday 19 October 1940.  This program contains the names and some pictures of the cast, background information on Hölderin and of the piece, photos of the sets on stage as well as a schedule for other performances of the 1940/41 season at the Burgtheater.

**SOLD**. (Lot 23) 
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Lot 17

Go to PAGE 1 or PAGE 3 of original Third Reich theater and opera programs.

Have a look at our other Third Reich performing arts material on USMBOOKS.com:
   original Third Reich opera tickets from Berlin 1936 - 1943
superb 1939 hardcover book on the Berlin State Opera

SS Allach
Henrik Ibsen
Lot 17 is a 70+ year old Nazi souvenir program for the 2 April 1940 performance of  the play FRAU INGER AUF OESTROT.  It was the 17th time the Henrik Ibsen play could be seen at the Schauspielhaus at the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin. 

Lot 17

Pygmalion

STAATS-THEATER BERLIN - LUSTSPIELHAUS
PYGMALION 8 DECEMBER 1941

Deutsches Opernhaus Berlin
Lot 33 shown above consists of five Third Reich opera programs from Berlin:

• a heavily illustrated six-panel chip board program for the 24 November 1934 performance of the musical drama MOLOCH at the Deutsches Opernhaus in Berlin.  Contains dramatic pictures of the performers and an explanation of the Max von Schilling musikales Drama.  Very good condition.

• two 12-page programs from the Deutsches Opernhaus in Berlin.  Booklet 11 for the 28 April 1936 performance of Richard Wagner's NORMA.  Booklet 13 is for the 9 June 1936 performance of Giacomo Puccini's TOSCA.  Both booklets contain background information on the plays and cast, including pictures of some of the actors.  Very good condition.

• a 28-page program for the 11 April 1941 concert of Ludwig von Beethoven's NINTH SYMPHONY at the Volksoper in Berlin.  Contains a portrait and biographical information of Beethoven, pictures of the performers and advertising.  The second Volksoper program has 32 pages and is for Sunday 5 January 1941 performance of the Verdi opera RIGOLETTO.  Contains a portrait and biographical information of Giuseppe Verdi, pictures of the performers and advertising. Both are in good used condition.
$50.00 delivered by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 33) 
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Burgtheater Wien 1940

BURGTHEATER WIEN - 19 OCTOBER 1940

Sophokles
Hedwig Pistorius

Lot 23

Nazi actor Ewald Balser
This 16-page program and has an embossed eagle and swastika on the cover.   The cover is somewhat dirty and has a waterstain, but the interior pages are in very good condition.

Lot 27

Isabella of Spain

VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN

The play ISABELLA VON SPANIEN (Isabella of Spain) by Hermann Heinz Ortner was performed daily in the Volksbühne, a theater on the Saarlandstrasse in Berlin.  This program contains the names of the whole cast, biographical information on poet Ortner and on the back there is advertising for WHW charity collections and performances in other theaters in Berlin.

Used condition - $7.50 delivered by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 27) 
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NAZI PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS, BERLIN, WIEN, SALZBURG, ETC.

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