We took some time to get to know about author Colin Philpott, whose latest book, RELICS OF THE REICH, has been getting quite a bit of attention. It has been featured in the Daily Express: What have the Nazis ever done for us? How Hitler’s legacy still lives on in Germany , The Guardian: Nazi architecture, then and now – in pictures and the Yorkshire Post
Why did you write this book? What makes it stand out from other books on the subject(lists other books)? What is it about, your experiences/highlights writing it, feedback etc.
I wrote the book because of two long-standing personal interests – an interest in German twentieth century history and a fascination with what happens to buildings after they’ve served their original purpose. I also believed that there was a need for a book for a non-German audience on this aspect of the Nazi legacy. Much has been written about the Nazi legacy but not much in English about the architectural legacy.
The book seems to have been well-received and is already on its second print run only three months after its UK release date. It has received significant coverage in UK media including an interview on Britain’s leading daily radio current affairs program– the Today program on BBC Radio 4.
I was also asked to speak at four events about the subject – at a seminar at the Wannsee House in Berlin in June about ‘dark tourism’, at the Chalke Valley History Festival in the UK (also in June), at York University’s Festival of Ideas and at the Bradford Literature Festival.
Above: Hitler’s Bunker at the end of the war, and the site present day, now an apartment block
COLIN PHILPOTT has a long-standing interest in recent German history and in abandoned buildings and venues.
His first book A PLACE IN HISTORY , looking at the impact on places where news stories happened in twentieth century Britain, was published in 2012. His drama TH E LAST MARCH about the last day of peace before World War Two, was first performed in
He is a former Director of the UK’s National Media Museum and was a BBC programme maker and journalist for 25 years. He also works as a non-executive director, a producer
on creative and media projects and as a radio and event presenter.
He was educated at St. Olave’s School – a state grammar school in South London and at Trinity College, Cambridge where he studied Law. He now lives in Yorkshire.