Hitler’s museum in Linz — Volume XIII

Volume XIII describing the collections for Hitler’s planned, but never built Führermuseum in Linz, Austria was recently returned to the German Historical Museum in Berlin.  See this NY Times article.

4 thoughts on “Hitler’s museum in Linz — Volume XIII

  1. Emily Anderson

    Some say that it was Hitler’s art background that led to his severe anti-Semitism. As stated in this article, Hitler wrote in his will: “I never bought the paintings that are in the collections that I built up over the years for my own benefit but only for the establishment of a gallery in my hometown of Linz.” So not only was he planning to completely reconstruct his hometown to a utopia, but also to steal and present hundreds of profoundly famous works in his galleries. A documentary was recently made about this very subject, “The Rape of Europa.” The documentary showed what kind of controversy Hitler’s stolen art collection caused. Because so many paintings were stolen and not documented, there are still issues of ownership taking place today. One can detect how incredibly important this model city must have been to Hitler by how much of his time was spent on it. He was leading the bloodiest war to date, and still designating a large amount of time to creating a model for Linz, Austria.

  2. Shilpa Sadarangani

    I had never known that Hitler intended to build a museum in his hometown so this article was very interesting to me. I didn’t even know that Hitler was an avid art collector. I also thought it was interesting how many soldiers during that time period had taken “souvenirs” to prove they had been there and are still holding onto to them today without any knowledge of how rare and valuable they are, in the monetary sense and in terms of the knowledge the public could gain from them. I think it’ll be interesting to see how many more valuable “souvenirs” come forward now that the generation holding on to them is starting to pass away and relinquish their possessions.

  3. Jenna Williams

    I had never heard of the Linz albums or that Hitler was planing on building a museum, so it was very intersting to read about the rediscover of the album in a WWII veteran’s home. I think that it would very interesting to see these albums because they’re a collection of great works of art just in a book. I think that it would have been very interesting to see how Nazi Germany and Germany today would have changed if Hitler’s museum was built. My grandfather was a WWII veteran and like John Pistone took souvenirs with him that my family and I later found in his home. So I think that it will be intersting over the next few years and beyond that to see what WWII souveniers are found.

  4. Megan Rosengrant

    I have heard of this never-to-be museum, and still find it incredibly sad that the nazi’s could treasure such beautiful things yet destroy and murder and be, ultimately, ugly. There is also the issue that Hitler only wanted art that was of germanic origin. During his campaign of plunder, he was determined not only to steal art of germanic origin, but to destroy art that was from “inferior races.” In essence, the Nazi’s wanted to re-define Western History. By attempting to define art in this context, the Nazi’s limited the beauty they could enjoy. The idea of beauty is arbitrary, and for those who claimed to love beauty, shut themselves off from it. The biggest hypocrisy here is that the Nazi’s were attempting to be holistic in their collection of germanic art. Yet, they were unable to see the influence of, say, slavic art upon not only Germany, but the rest of the Western World. In order to understand yourself, you need to understand how others relate to you. By trying to create their own histories, they ended up destroying not only other nation states pride and histories, but their own.


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