Honor Court entrance to Reichschancellery designed by Albert Speer, with Arno Breker sculptures Die Partei and Die Wehrmacht.
Guests Wilhelm Kriessmann, who saw action on the Eastern Front in WWII, and Rodney Martin who specializes in the culture of the Third Reich, discuss with Carolyn the very high achievements in these two branches of the arts, so much of which was wantonly destroyed by the Allies during and after the war.
Leipzig Symphony performance conducted by Wagnerian C. Muck, attended by Adolf Hitler
Wilhelm Kriessmann and Rodney Martin join Carolyn for a discussion of the thriving and varied art and music life of National Socialist Germany. Dr. Kriessmann was in Austria during the 1930s, and stationed in Berlin during the wartime years of the 1940s, able to experience much of the culture that was available. Topics include:
The attributes of Modernism following WWI;
German art, degenerate art and foreign art;
The styles and themes of National Socialist-approved painting;
Music was everywhere, ranging from opera to German jazz to folk songs;
Wagner, Bruckner, Strauss, Pfitzner and Furtwaengler;
Art was highly supported and continued to be right through the war years;
Rodney Martin joins Carolyn for the second week to comment on the grave robbing of Rudolf Hess in Wunsiedel, Germany and the Oklahoma City-type bombing in Oslo, Norway, along with the gunning down of scores of teenagers at a island campground near Oslo. We know who is responsible for the first event but we’re not sure yet about the Norway massacre. Who is Anders Breivik really and who benefits from what he did? Time will tell.
Rodney Martin is a committed activist for White traditionalist political and family values. He and his wife home school their five children, ages 9 to 16. Always especially interested in the period from WWI to the end of WWII, he’s developing an organization that will present seminars, cultural events and film festivals showcasing the great cultural upsurge during the Third Reich. Martin also believes we need to record the stories and memoirs of our own survivors from this period, and has been doing just that.