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  1. The Opera - The Prussian statues

    28 Jan 2019

    This is how the Staatsoper Unter den Linden area looked short time after the end of the war in the summer of 1945: a mass of ruin and rubble [Photo by Hildegard Dreyer. Deutsches Historisches Museum (GOS-Nr. BA010457)] Before the end of World War Two, next to the main entrance…


  2. The Opera - Year Zero and Postwar

    20 Jan 2019

    The reconstruction Following the fall of the Third Reich, 1945 was ‘Year Zero’ for Berlin, and so it was for the Staatsoper. The ancient Opera, renamed at that time as Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, was one of the first historical buildings at the German capital secured against further decay…


  3. The Opera - Reconstruction and Death

    14 Jan 2019

    When the Staatsoper den Linden was severely damaged by British bombs in April 1941, Hitler urgently ordered its reconstruction, as it was one of his favourite buildings from his fanatical devotion to Opera and Richard Wagner’s works [December 1942: Nazi-parade of a guard of honour at Unter den Linden on


  4. The RAF strikes the Opera

    08 Jan 2019

    9 / 10 APRIL 1941 On that night, Wednesday, RAF Bomber Command launched an operation against ‘the Big City’. The mixed attacking force comprised 80 bombers - 36 Wellingtons, 24 Hampdens, 17 Whitleys and 3 of the new Short Stirling heavy bomber. This was the first raid on…


  5. The Opera - Hitler’s favourite

    29 Dec 2018

    If there was a building at Berlin favourite for the Führer that was the Opera… Its importance and history, its location in Berlin Mitte in the middle of Unter den Linden Avenue, and its musicians, made it a symbol of the city. A symbol raised to the altars by…


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