These houses present an outdated view of research. Although the concepts are from the years 1936 to 1961, we have decided not to tear them down because they represent impressive evidence of a different type of history:
A radical new Germanic image was presented here in 1936. During the year of the Olympic Games in Germany, this new type of museum had visitors from around the world.
The plan was to extend this museum into the Central Archaeological Museum of the Nazi district of North Westphalia. Contrary to the propagated scientific aims in the production of the imagery, the ideological aims totally controlled the contents.
In 1945, the farmstead quietly disappeared but it was reconstructed in the same style in 1961.
The 1961 reconstruction suggests that many central ideas of the National Socialistic open air museums survived past 1945. One can identify the “Fuehrer-cabin” in post and plank style and the three smaller “craftsmen’s houses” with simple wattle and daub walls.
There is hardly any other place today that more effectively illustrates the National Socialist German history policy which still throws its shadows on today. This is also why an information center about this topic is planned for the near future.
The new exhibition will also aim to clarify the significance of the alleged Germanic origins for National Socialist ideology.