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The NSDAP party rallies were held annually in September until 1938, lasted one week and brought up to one million people from all over Germany to Nuremberg.

Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds

Topics - The Nazi Party Rallies

Standard and flag bearers in Luitpold Grove, 1927.

"City of the Nazi Party Rallies"

Nuremberg had already been a "place of tradition" for the National Socialist movement during the Weimar Republic.

In 1923, the Nazis and other extreme right-wing groups had met here for the "German Day". In 1927 and 1929, the National Socialists staged their so-called Reichsparteitage (Reich Party Rallies) in Luitpold Grove for the first time. The war memorial honouring the Fallen of World War I, which was completed in 1929, served as a backdrop for ceremonies honouring Nazi party followers.

In 1933, Nuremberg was officially appointed "City of the Nazi Party Rallies" by the National Socialists. In this way they sought to forge links between the Nazi movement and Nuremberg's great past as imperial city, the glorious visits by the emperors and the mediaeval Imperial Diets.

Poster for the exhibition "Nuremberg, the German City", 1937.

The National Socialists' party rallies were held here every September, up until 1938. They lasted a week and drew as many as one million people to Nuremberg from all over Germany. The central events comprised numerous roll calls in the presence of Adolf Hitler as well as mass parades of all significant organisations of the Nazi state, both on the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and in the Old Town.

During the 1935 Party Rally, the Nazi rulers proclaimed the anti-Semitic "Nuremberg Laws", a decisive step towards the persecution of the Jewish population which eventually led to the Holocaust.



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