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Nazi Gold

By edsephiroth
Possibly the only one of its kind left in the world, this Nazi eagle is hidden in a former Nazi tank/mobilized infantry training base in Germany.
3rd Reich imagery was not just destroyed spontaneously after the war, it was mad illegal and systematically destroyed, which makes the survival of this gold-leaf mosaic even more remarkable.
Just to be clear, I have no sympathy whatsoever for the political regime this object represented, however I think history has shown that we, even the victims of that regime, collectively now believe that remembering is more important and useful than trying to wipe out all memory of its existence, hence I present this object without wishing to imply additional political context beyond that inferred by the viewer.

Tags: Architecture Germany Gold Deutschland Nazi Hitler

Voters: Meheecho, NaturesHaven, whatsthisbuttondo and 4 more


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Meheecho 3 275 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 12:28PM
A stark reminder of what has been and must never be again. Good capture
Steve

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DeSilver Plus
8 13 11 England
18 Jan 2013 2:29PM
Things like this should preserved so that we never forget and we never let it happen again anywhere in the world.



David.
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
18 Jan 2013 4:25PM
Original shot; I like the contrast between the two different kinds of decoration. It's ironic that the most civilized looking one is actually the more barbaric.....
Rende
edsephiroth 10 169 9 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 4:38PM
Good point Rende!
pablophotographer 5 646 264
7 Mar 2013 1:17PM
Striking image.

Great point of view. I shall congratulate you for your work. I shall note the abudance of natural light due to the long window on the side of the staircase and the absence of lighting units from the ceiling where the eagle is. Probably the lights must had been placed on the walls... mentioning walls I like the graffiti abstract as it contrasts the picture of the eagle. Its colouring mainly around the colours of the German flag, red, yellow, black sort of does make a connection with the haunting emblem of their past. I shall also note that despite showing free spirit vandalisong the white wall, they did not harm the ceiling.

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