The opera in Nuremberg is in need of a new home while the current opera house is renovated. But the decision to temporarily relocate to a National Socialist courtyard has sparked Jewish supremacist outcry.
Proposals to temporarily move Nuremberg's opera house to either the former NSDAP rally grounds or the courtyard of the never-completed National Socialist Congress Hall have incensed Jewish supremacists and antifascist liberals, German media reported.
A new location for the historic opera is required as its present home is in major need of repair. The renovations are expected to last several years.
The anti-fascist organization “History for All”, which offers tours of the rally grounds, argues the decision “compromises education” about National Socialist ideology.
“Showing visitors the original facades of Nazi structures in the German city was a way to illustrate fascist megalomania, as well as its ultimate downfall”, the association wrote in an open letter.
The Congress Hall was intended to be 80 meters high and to host 50,000 people. However, construction came to a standstill at the outset of World War II. What is left is a 38-metre-high shell around a huge courtyard. The opera house argues it would make an ideal venue.
The city council is due to make a decision about the setting on December 15.
An open letter from the opera theater management says that there are no other viable options.