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"It Is Not Truth Which Matters, But Victory"

In general, I don’t think it’s fruitful to spend a lot of time trying to figure Adolf Hitler out.

I certainly understand the impulse: when we discover monsters in our midst, we are strongly motivated to examine them carefully.   682 more words


The sneakiest nazi :: Albert Speer

He was one of Hitler’s architect. At a certain point even his favorite architect, in charge of rebuilding Berlin. The city was to be renamed Germania and it would be full of buildings that would dwarf any giant structured that had come before. 700 more words

Politics & Strategy

The evil in Milner Square

Not to be missed, in the sense that you ought to try Fernet-Branca at least once. A violent, deliberate reaction to the placid Georgian squares around, with the windows laced together in vertical bands.

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Yale lecture: Krier on Speer

Léon Krier does not seem to dislike modern architecture as much as I do, but he may dislike it with much more passion. The architectural theorist, master planner of Prince Charles’s new town Poundbury, and practitioner of his own edgy brand of classicism finds it easier to find a way to praise some early modernists that I find it easier to deplore, even Corbusier and Mies. 543 more words


The Power of Propaganda in the Hearts of True Believers

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

A number of days ago I wrote an article about the dehumanization of people and genocide. Since I am a historian and much of my undergraduate and graduate work focused on German history, particularly that of Imperial Germany after the unification, the Weimar Republic, and the Nazi Reich, I draw a lot of lessons from the period. 1,644 more words


Das Bunker

Ever wondered what happened to the architects of Germany’s Atlantic Wall? They found employment as instructors at the School of Teutonic Design (STD).  Armed with a straight rule, pencil and a love of concrete the graduates of this esteemed organisation have gone on to blight landscapes all over the world. 464 more words

Out And About

The Last Days of Hitler

Title:                      The Last Days of Hitler

Author:                  H. R. Trevor-Roper

Trevor-Roper, H. R. (1947). The Last Days of Hitler. London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd… 1,256 more words

World War II