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Atlas Obscura Heidelberg Thingstatte

After World War I, the Nazi Party spread across Germany. Fueled by post-war unrest and Hitler’s charismatic leadership, thousands joined the Nazis, who blamed the Jews, Communists, liberals, and pacifists and promised to restore Germany’s standing in the world. 

In 1933, as part of his mission to indoctrinate the German population Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels started Thingspiel. This was a movement to build huge outdoor settings where thousands of people could gather for propaganda presentations in specially constructed amphitheaters called Thingplatz or Thingstatte.

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