Carinhall was the country residence of Hermann Göring, built on a large hunting estate northeast of Berlin in the Schorfheide forest between the Großdöllner See and the Wuckersee in the north of Brandenburg.
Named in honour of his Swedish first wife Carin Göring (1888–1931), it was constructed in stages from 1933 on a large scale, but in the manner of a hunting lodge. The main architect was Werner March, designer of the Olympic stadium in Berlin.
On 10 April 1935 Carinhall was the venue for Göring's wedding banquet with his second wife, Emmy Sonnemann.
Carinhall became the destination for many of the art treasures that Göring looted from across the Reich (see Nazi plunder).
Carinhall was dynamited on 28 April 1945 at Göring's orders by a Luftwaffe demolition squad, to prevent it falling intact into the hands of the advancing Red Army. The art treasures were evacuated beforehand to Berchtesgaden.
Only the monumental entrance gates, a few foundation structures, and decorative stones remain from the building. A bronze statue by Franz von Stuck, Kämpfende Amazone (1897), once at Carinhall, is now at Eberswalde.
Legacy of CarinhallEdit
In 1999 new interest was sparked by the book Görings Reich: Selbstinszenierungen in Carinhall which saw treasure hunters drawn to the ruins, and concerns raised about the site becoming a neo-Nazi "shrine".
- Roger Manvell - Der Reichsmarschall. 1983. ISBN 3-8118-4370-2
- Leonard Mosley - The Reich Marshal: A Biography of Hermann Goering. 1975. ISBN 3-420-04727-4