According to Dr Alta Steenkamp, the masonic subtext of the Völkerschlachtdenkmal is reflected in the Voortrekker Monument because the architect, Gerard Moerdijk, had used the geometric order and spatial proportions of the Völkerschlachtdenkmal.  This Germanisation of the Voortrekker Monument occurred, after Moerdijk’s initial design had caused a public outcry in the South African press for its resemblance to an Egyptian temple.:128
Moerdijk’s 1936 Germanised “Mansion of the Benben” with mid noon sun shining on an encrypted stone.
In Moerdijk’s initial design, the monument consisted of a causeway linking two Egyptian obelisks.:128
Finalising his design of the Voortrekker Monument, Moerdijk visited Egypt in 1936, including the Karnak Temple Complex in Thebes.:105 In Thebes, the pharaoh Akhenaten, Nefertiti’s husband, had erected three sun sanctuaries, including the Hwt-benben (‘mansion of the Benben’).
Sun disc illumination on encrypted stone.
The most prominent aspect of Moerdijk’s monument is the annual mid noon sun illumination of the Benben stone, the encrypted cenotaph.
In the years preceding WWII, several Afrikaner nationalists travelled to Germany for academic, political and cultural studies. In 1928 Moerdijk visited Germany, and viewed the Amarna bust of Nefertiti on public display in Berlin.
By 1934 Chancellor Hitler had decided that Germany would not return the Amarna bust of Nefertiti to Egypt. He instead announced the intention to use the Amarna bust as the central show piece of the thousand years Third Reich, in a revitalised Berlin to be renamed Germania.