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Wilhelmplatz

Postby Halfdan S. » 10 Sep 2017 01:10

Looking at pictures of the Reichskanzlei seen from Wilhelmplatz I noticed that the statue in front of the Reichsministerium für Propaganda und Volksaufklärung changed sometime over the years - when was the statue changed and what was the story behind?

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Re: Wilhelmplatz

Postby GregSingh » 10 Sep 2017 06:54

There were six statues there.

Your photos show two.
One holding the banner - Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin
The other one with a hand on a sabre - Leopold Fürst von Anhalt-Dessau
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Re: Wilhelmplatz

Postby bettika » 10 Sep 2017 06:54

Hello,
it existed more than one Prussian Military Statues on the wilhelmplatz
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelmplatz

The man with the flag https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi ... anzlei.jpg
was Generalfeldmarschalls Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin

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Re: Wilhelmplatz

Postby Halfdan S. » 12 Sep 2017 18:26

Ah, that explains :-) thank you very much both.

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Re: Wilhelmplatz

Postby PF » 21 Nov 2017 04:23

The german English magazine Signal contained good photogarphs of Goebbels Propaganda ministery building wilhelmplatz

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Re: Wilhelmplatz

Postby GregSingh » 21 Nov 2017 11:00

Yeah, that building is on all available photos, but I haven't seen one yet which shows all six statues in post WWI configuration!

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Re: Wilhelmplatz

Postby Mannheim » 22 Nov 2017 01:20

Without going through all my photos (probably later)the best I can do is three statues. The map shows the position of all six statues and with time you could probably work out who was placed where. It does show that the current positioning of the statues is different to the original.
The source for both photos is the Stadt Bilde Deutschland.
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Re: Wilhelmplatz

Postby GregSingh » 22 Nov 2017 02:29

Hi, your map is from 1910 and photo most likely pre-WWI.
Configuration of all statues in 1930's was different. See below on map from 1939.

Wilhelmplatz 1939.jpg
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Re: Wilhelmplatz

Postby Mannheim » 22 Nov 2017 21:34

Thanks, Greg. That would explain the photo below (courtesy National Archives of Norway)which had me puzzled up until now:
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