Stedingsehre [WITH] De Stedinge
Oldenburg: Schulzesche Verlagsbuchhandlung Rudolf Schwartz / Gaupropagandaleitung der NSDAP, 1938, 1935. First edition. Hardcover. Small Oblong Quarto. 36 plates with tissue guards. Original beige cord bound cloth album with brown lettering on cover. Portrait of Adolf Hitler by Heinrich Hoffmann, that of Gauleiter Röver by Lotte Diekmann, all others by Heinrich Kunst.
Memorial album after the conclusion of the successful season of the play "De Stedinge" by August Hinrichs at the open air theater of the NS cult site "Stedingsehre" in Bookholzberg, County of Oldenburg, in 1937. The stage was exclusively built for this occasion. Hinrichs' play was written in 1934 to commemorate 700th anniversary of the battle of Altenesch between the victorious Stedinger peasants and the army of Archbishop Gerhard II of Bremen. The album concludes with a lofty verse by Alfred Rosenberg: for us the Holy Land is not Palestine but Germany, holy earth for us is where Germans defended it with their blood, where German peasant fists guided a plow through mother earth. Stedingsehre became a schooling center and a location for mass events of the NSDAP.
Profusely illustrated with 73 extraordinary b/w reproduction photographs, pasted to heavy tan paper, depicting Nazi officials, Stedingsehre an surrounding area, the groundbreaking ceremony and open air theater, with and without audience, including 49 photographs depicting the author Hinrichs, the director Rudolf G. Sellner, the cast of and scenes from the play, including vast panoramas of the audience, most of them with captions. Includes three brief texts credited to Adolf Hitler, Carl Röver (Gauleiter), and Alfred Rosenberg, the latter two with facsimile signatures. Text in German, Gothic script. Binding slightly rubbed. Binding in overall very good, interior in fine condition.
Octavo. 24pp. Original color-illustrated wraps with red and white lettering on cover, protected by modern mylar. Program for "De Stedinge," a people's play by August Hinrichs at the Lower German cult site Stedingsehre-Bookholzberg. The first two acts of the play take place in the spring and fall of 1233, the last act on May 27, 1234.
The program for the play in three acts includes the full cast, the performance schedule for July 1935, and contributions by Carl Röver (Gauleiter) on Alfred Rosenberg's speech of May 27, 1934, excerpts of the speech by Reichsbauernführer (Rechs-Peasant-Leader) Richard Walther Darré, and excerpts form the novel "Lucifer" by Lulu von Strauß und Tornay. At the front it includes a shortened form of the verse by Alfred Rosenberg mentioned above at. The program is illustrated with six b/w offset reproductions of photographs of Röver, Hinrichs and scenes from the play featuring the leading actors and actresses, a facsimile excerpt of a signed letter by Rosenberg, and a map with access roads to the cult site. The back page features an unsigned appeal to donate money for the extension of the cult site after the play, with reference to the donation log book placed at the church of the village. Text in German, Gothic script. Light foxing along edges of covers with minor staining on back cover. Block lightly age-toned. Overall in very good condition. vg to fine. Item #42268