Message - Re: Was Mies a Nazi?

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Posted by  steveA on January 16, 2003 at 14:06:12:

In Reply to:  Was Mies a Nazi? posted by Sara on January 16, 2003 at 08:36:24:

This from a friend who's knowledge of Mies far exceeds my own...."In retrospect, Mies was fortunate that Hitler did not like him... Hitler thought that he had Communist connections (which in a way was true: Mies designed the monument for (the fallen) Rosenberg in Viena who was a Communist. Mies wished to design for the Nazi party but was not only dismissed but understood that his best way to survive will be to leave Germany all together... In the US he re-created himself politically. In other words: he never wanted to talk about his past in political terms."
So the hypothesis has a little bit of truth perhaps.
I would add that Mies' inclusion in the Big Three is debatable. I would say there were The Big Two, and then there was Mies, Aalto, Kahn, maybe Gropius. I think there is much more content in the work of Corb and FLW than in the others, which although beautiful in some cases, and important historically, was somewhat singular in its respective directions.

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