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"Das Wort aus Stein"

The Nazis succeeded at using architecture more than any another medium to demonstrate their claim on power. Starting in 1936, Adolf Hitler and Albert Speer began to redesign Berlin as the “World Capital Germania.” Their megalomaniacal plans, which included the construction of huge hall as the heart of a gigantic intersection of axes, were illustrated by representative models that were destroyed after the war. The propaganda film Word of Stone used these models to present the comprehensive plans for Berlin to the public. Using true-to-reality lighting, dramatically charged cloud backdrops, film dissolves, or moving water, director Kurt Rüpli amplified the models’ illusion of reality. In this way, he suggested a high probability of implementation even for projects that were just in the early stage of planning.