Collectors Showcase CS00416 Berlin 1938 - Hitler's Office in the Reich Chancellory [Figures Not Included] (1:30 Scale)
"I would rather die standing up in a Mercedes than hide away."
- German Chancellor Adolf Hitler commenting upon a possible assasination attempt while riding in his limousine, 1938
The Collectors Showcase presents the beginning of our new series: Berlin 1938. A series meant to chronicle, in miniature, Berlin at the height of the Third Reich's pre-war power. The first diorama offering is the Fuhrer's Reichkanzlei office complete with map table, lamps and removable swastika flag. The initial figure set offerings are the figures and personalities that brought the Western world to the edge of oblivion. Each figure comes with a removable hat allowing greater flexibility in display. The launch of this series heralds a long view of the great variety of Berlin locales available to the collector. Each vignette setting brings the collector another view of the city's central points throughout the Nazi period. Figures not included. Sold Out!
Release Date: July 2010
Historical Account: In 1938, Hitler assigned his favorite architect, Albert Speer, to build the New Reich Chancellery, requesting that the building be completed within a year. Near the complex was the underground Fuhrerbunker, where Hitler committed suicide at the end of World War II in 1945. The New Reich Chancellery had the address No. 6 Vostrasse, a branch-off of the Wilhelmstrasse, where the Old Reich Chancellery was located.
Hitler commissioned Speer to build the New Chancellery in late January 1938, although preliminary planning had begun four years earlier. Hitler commented that the Old Chancellery from Bismarck was "fit for a soap company" but was not suitable as headquarters of the German Reich. The Old Chancellery remained the official residence of the chancellor with its refurbished representation rooms on the ground floor and private rooms on the upper floor where Hitler lived in the so called Fuhrerwohnung ("Fuhrer apartment"). He assigned Speer the work of creating grand halls and salons which "will make an impression on people".