Message - Re: Was Mies a Nazi?

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Posted by  Richard Haut on January 17, 2003 at 16:28:56:

In Reply to:  Re: Was Mies a Nazi? posted by Manuel Oliveros on January 17, 2003 at 10:31:36:

Mies was not a Nazi - he was in Germany when they came to power and had to make a choice.

He took a curious route - he actually tried to reason with the Nazis, and to take architecture away from politics. In this he certainly failed, but the crucial point raised is what would have happened if the Nazis had wanted his work.

It should be remembered that by trying to take his work away from politics, he was also trying to move it away from the communist image partly associated with the Bauhaus. His communist students were at serious risk from the new authorities.

Mies was like many people in Germany, caught up in a new system with which they had nothing in common. He tried to reason his way through a system which was irrational.

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