Germany, the Beautiful Travel Country [Cover title: Travel in Germany]. Nazi German Railways.

Germany, the Beautiful Travel Country [Cover title: Travel in Germany]

Berlin: Reichsbahnzentrale für den Deutschen Reiseverkehr, 1936. Octavo ( 8 7/8 x 4 inches; 225 x 103 mm), 48 pages plus map in stapled illustrated wrappers.

A brochure aimed at English-speaking travelers to Germany during the 1936 Olympic Games. Since this was issued by the German Railways, there's plenty of information on travel by rail. There's also information on travel by car, boat, and airplane, along with pages devoted to sports, health resorts, industry, museums, theatres, science, education, and literature. A fold-out map of German rail, steamer and air routes is attached at the end of the brochure.

Most of the content is fairly straightforward. However, in a couple of pages at the beginning, the authors extol the new Nazi state created by Adolf Hitler. "The National-Socialist movement which started in 1920 gradually prepared the ground for a complete reorganization of the entire life of the State and the nation in Germany, which resulted at the end of January 1933 in the Revolution of the National Resurgence." (page 3).

There's some more in this vein, notably the assertion: "The unhappy disputes between contending political parties ceased...." Of course they ceased. The Nazis quickly banned other political parties after they came to power.

This being a Nazi brochure, it's probably unsurprising that Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels makes a cameo appearance. He's quoted in the introduction: "Come to Germany! You will be welcomed more heartily than ever in the land of German hospitality." (page 1).

This pamphlet is scarce. OCLC shows fewer than 10 institutional holdings. None in commerce. SCARCE. Item #2266

CONDITION: Some soiling and edge wear to the wrappers. Internally clean, unmarked and fresh. Very Good or better, while the fold-out map is Fine.

Price: $100.00

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