Famed Architect Philip Johnson’s Hidden Nazi Past | Vanity Fair

Philip Johnson was a pedigreed, witty charmer from Cleveland who became a fixture of Manhattan’s art world and social circuit. But before Johnson’s rise to fame as one of America’s most influential architects, he delighted in another rise—that of Hitler and the Third Reich. In his forthcoming book, 1941: Fighting the Shadow War, Marc Wortman explores the architect’s fascination with Nazism.

….

For Philip Johnson, following the German army as it wiped out the last resisters in Poland seemed like living within a dream—in his case, a very happy dream. Like Shirer, he had watched the Third Reich rise as a relentlessly aggressive military power. He had encountered Hitler’s spellbinding rhetoric even before Hitler became Germany’s leader. His reactions were as different from Shirer’s as night from day: Shirer’s nightmare scene was, for Johnson, a Utopian fantasy come true. He had thrown himself wholly into the Fascist cause.

Source: Famed Architect Philip Johnson’s Hidden Nazi Past | Vanity Fair

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s