Monday, February 21, 2011

From Del

I don't think this needs any explanation. lol

From Julianne Lilley

Australian filmmaker uncovers Nazi propaganda films shot in 3D, featuring sausages!!!! Yes sausages!!! Didn't I tell you!!! lol

FILMMAKERS have been trying to make the perfect 3D movie for more than a century, but not always in Hollywood.

Australian director Philippe Mora has found two Nazi propaganda films shot in 3D while searching through Germany's Federal Archives.

The two black-and-white movies were made in 1936 and referred to as "raum film", or "space film". They each run for half an hour.

"The films are shot on 35mm — apparently with a prism in front of two lenses," Mora told Variety.

"The quality of the films is fantastic. The Nazis were obsessed with recording everything and every single image was controlled — it was all part of how they gained control of the country and its people."

Mora was scouring the archives for material for his new documentary on Nazi Germany, and believes more 3D footage will be found.

One of the films is a musical, titled So Real You Can Touch It, featuring close-ups of sizzling bratwurst, Variety reported.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tiergarten Quelle, Tiergarten, Berlin

DISCOVERY FIVE (Well... not really. I always go there when I'm in Berlin.)

I love this pub. When I stay in Berlin I always try to stay near the Tiergarten - it's like Hyde Park in Sydney but much much much bigger! But it is right in the middle of Berlin. I like the Novotel am Tiergarten because you can walk up to the Brandenburg Gate or across to the KuDam really easily. But... also because the Tiergarten Quelle (Cellar) pub is walking/stumbling distance & they serve Lemke Beer - which is my favourite because the Lemkes are the German side of my family.

And....... I almost forgot......... the food is really good.

My wife absolutely hates the place. "It's too dark". "It's too noisy". "It's filled with bikers". Moan moan moan!!! But I love it. It is dark, grungy and ABSOLUTELY Berlin!!! lol

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hitler and the Germans Nation and Crime - The Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin


I visited the first major NAZI & HITLER exhibition at a German museum since World War Two when I was in Berlin a couple of weeks ago.

Curators: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Thamer, Dr. Simone Erpel, Klaus-Jürgen Sembach

Sixty-five years after the end of the Second World War Hitler and National Socialism still remain explosive issues. Every generation poses similar questions:
How was Hitler’s rise possible? How could Hitler and National Socialism, which were responsible for war, crimes and genocide, count on widespread acceptance by German society until the very end? Why were so many Germans willing to align their conduct with the »Führer« and thus actively support the Nazi dictatorship?

The exhibition seeks answers to these questions by examining not only the phenomenon of Hitler, but also German society and its significance for the rule of National Socialism.

Young Hitler was an unprepossessing character. There was nothing about him that seemed to predestine him to rise to power. Nonetheless he was soon surrounded by devout followers and came to be the most powerful man in Europe. His power can therefore not be explained simply on the basis of his personal characteristics. More important are the socio-political conditions and the mindset of the German people at this time. He mobilized their social fears and hopes and utilized them for his own purposes. The dictatorship rested on mass enthusiasm and approval, but also on violence, murder and physical annihilation.

The exhibition shows the interconnection between Hitler’s personal power and the hopes and interests of large sections of German society. Hitler could not have consolidated his dictatorship without the population’s acceptance of his role as »Führer«. In the process, German society became more and more deeply enmeshed in the politics of the »Führer State«, which promised the people work, advancement, prosperity and the reinstatement of former national grandeur. National Socialist politics packaged these enticements in the rhetoric of the »Volksgemeinschaft«, the myth of a »national community«. Its societal practice comprised the seeming integration of the »Volksgenossen«, the members of this nation, as well as the exclusion of the »Gemeinschaftsfremden« – those »alien« to the community. The Nazi politics led to the erosion of state structures and moral values. It ended in destruction and annihilation.

Follow this link and have a look at how they handled this very big / dangerous task. Excellent for Modern History students & HEX students for the topic of public history. There is an interactive at the bottom of the page that leads you through the various stages and exhibits - almost like the paragraphs of an essay:

I am interested in what you think of it!