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OFFICIAL NAZI PROGRAMS FOR LIVE THIRD REICH PERFORMANCES OF PLAYS, OPERAS, CONCERTS, OPERETTAS, ETC.   ---  PAGE 3 (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.

DEUTSCHES OPERNHAUS BERLIN -
18 APRIL 1940

Lot 19

Carmen - Georges Bizet

BERLIN OPERA HOUSE -
OTHELLO 14 JANUARY 1942

On Wednesday 14 January 1942 a performance of the Giuseppe Verdi opera OTHELLO took place in the Deutsches Opernhaus in Berlin, directed by Italian conductor Mario Rossi. 
Nazi eagle and swastika

Good condition - $7.50 delivered by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 19) 
IF you wish to purchase optional insurance, add $1.95 to your payment of $7.50.  Foreign customers, please inquire about additional postage costs.

Go to PAGE 1 or PAGE 2 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
1941 Italian program for a performance of the Rome ballet in Vienna

Giuseppe Verdi OTHELLO
The program contains general and cast information and on the back side there is a synopsis of the story of Othello. It also contains information about what to do in case of an air raid, on the way to and while in the air raid shelter. 
Generalintendant Wilhelm Rode

Lot 21

1940 Deutsches Opernhaus Berlin
This is a very fancy, heavily embossed 24-page souvenir booklet especially printed for the German premier performance of the dramatic Italian opera PALLA DE' MOZZI by Giovacchino Forzano that took place at the Berlin Opera House on 18 April 1940. 

After a Foreword by Nazi Generalintendant Wilhelm Rode and by Italian conductor Gino Marinuzzi, there is background information on Giovanni dei Medici, the subject of the performance, the conductor, photos of the set and leading opera stars, etc. 

There is also a synopsis of other Italian cultural events that took place in the Berlin State Opera House since 1934/35.
italian fascist symbol
Hoheitszeichen
Palla de' Mozzi Giovacchino Forzano
Nazi opera sets
Cast members
Nazi opera stars
Very rare and in very good condition.

$55.00 delivered by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 21) 
IF you wish to purchase optional insurance, add $1.75 to your payment of $55.00. 
Foreign customers, please inquire about additional postage costs.

Nazi programs
Lot 32 (above) consists of four original Third Reich pieces, all four from the Nazi capital Berlin:

•  8-page VOLKS-OPER Berlin program for the 26 April 1940 performance of  Verdi's LA TRAVIATA. The Volksoper was run by Erich Orthmann for the Deutsche Arbeitsfront (DAF), NS Gemeinschaft Kraft durch Freude. Contains information about La Traviata, the cast and advertising. Very good condition.

• two 4-page programs from the Staats-Oper on the Königsplatz in Berlin.  The white program with punch holes (top left) is for the sold-out 31 May 1942 performance of Giacomo Puccini's TOSCA.  Has cast information and a synopsis of the musical drama.  Used condition. The second piece is for the sold-out Sunday 18 April 1943 performance of Verdi's EIN MASKENBALL.  Has cast information and a synopsis of the opera as well as the schedule for future performances in different theaters of the STAATS-THEATER BERLIN.  Good used condition.

•  8-page program for daily performances of the operetta DIE LANDSTREICHER by Carl M. Ziehrer in the Theater am Nollendorferplatz in Berlin, run by Harald Paulsen.  Booklet contains pictures of the stage, information on the cast and crew and a short biography of Ziehrer.  Very good condition.

$35.00 delivered by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 32) 
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Lot 30

Flucht vor der Liebe

STAATSTHEATER BERLIN - KLEINES HAUS 8 APRIL 1943

Used condition - $7.50 delivered by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 30) 
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Lot 30 shown left is a two-sided program for the 8 April 1943 performance of  FLUCHT VOR DER LIEBE (Flight for Love), the 17th and sold-out performance of this Lustspiel or comedy at the Small Theater at the Nürnbergerstrasse in Berlin.  Cast information on the front side and schedules of future performances on the back. 

Lot 25

Komödie von William Shakespeare
SS Allach horse statue
Shakespeare comedy
Maß für Maß by Shakespeare

STAATS-THEATER BERLIN GENDARMENMARKT
SHAKESPEARE 12 JANUARY 1940

Lot 25 is a 70+ year old Nazi souvenir program for the sold-out 12 January 1940 performance of  the William Shakespeare comedy MEASURE FOR MEASURE at the Schauspielhaus at the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin. 
The heavily illustrated 30-page  booklet contains information about this and other plays, 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 below.

Very good condition - $25.00 delivered by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 25) 

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Lot 26

Horst Wessel Theater

VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN 1943

The comedy ANTIQUITÄTEN (Antiquities) by Friedrich Forster was performed daily in the Volksbühne, a theater on the Horst-Wessel-Platz in Berlin.  This program contains the names of the whole cast, and advertising for future performances as well as an illustrated WHW charity ad for collections for NS Mütterheime or "NSV Homes for where mothers and their babies can recuperate and relax."

Used condition - $8.50 delivered by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 26) 
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Lot 29

Heinrich von Kleist

VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN 1942

The Heinrich von Kleist tragedy PENTHESILEA was performed daily in the Volksbühne, a theater on the Horst-Wessel-Platz in Berlin.  This program contains a picture of  Von Kleist, the names of the whole cast below which it is mentioned that members of the HJ and BdM enhance this performance.  There are also a few ads for future performances and dance evenings.

Used condition - $8.50 delivered by 1st Class Mail in the USA. (Lot 29) 
IF you wish to purchase optional insurance, add $1.95 to your payment of $8.50.  Foreign customers, please inquire about additional postage costs.

NAZI PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS, BERLIN, WIEN, SALZBURG, ETC.

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