Nazi foundation stone restored

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28 March 2007, Nuremberg, Germany (dpa) - A crane lifted the foundation stone of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's planned stadium back into its original position at a Nuremberg park which aims to expose the Nazis' megalomaniac dreams. Torchlit Nazi Party mass rallies held in the 1930s in the park were supposed to be only the beginning, with the stone laid in 1937 for a stadium that was intended to seat 400,000 fanatical Nazis. A pit was dug for the foundations, but the stadium was never built. After the war, t

28 March 2007

Nuremberg, Germany (dpa) - A crane lifted the foundation stone of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's planned stadium back into its original position at a Nuremberg park which aims to expose the Nazis' megalomaniac dreams.

Torchlit Nazi Party mass rallies held in the 1930s in the park were supposed to be only the beginning, with the stone laid in 1937 for a stadium that was intended to seat 400,000 fanatical Nazis. A pit was dug for the foundations, but the stadium was never built.

After the war, the park was a source of shame to the city. Most of the pit was filled with the rubble of the central business district, which had been flattened by Allied bombing. Part of the pit remained as a polluted pond.

In the past decade, the city has created a museum to explain the Nazis' evil philosophy and signposted an educational walk into history through the park. The granite stone, weighing several tons, is topped with a glazed sign explaining its significance.

Matthias Strobel, a city museums official, said the stone had been dumped in scrub till 2001, then stored in a municipal building yard.

"This is not a monument," he said. "It's just an exhibit among the 23 stops on our educational walkway."

It was all that remained of the planned stadium, which the Nazis intended to seat 10 times as many people as big football stadiums. Next to it is a 1,500-metre long concrete apron used by the Nazis for military parades and now used as a car park.

DPA

Subject: German news

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