noun: Complete destruction of an institution, regime, order, etc.
From German Götterdämmerung (twilight of the gods), from Götter, plural of Gott (god) + Dämmerung (twilight). Götterdämmerung was the name of the last of Richard Wagner’s four operas titled Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). The German word Götterdämmerung is a translation of the Old Norse Ragnarök which in Scandinavian mythology refers to the destruction of the gods in a battle with evil, resulting in the end of the world. The term Ragnarök is from regin (gods) + rok (fate, course) confused by some with Ragnarökkr (literally, twilight of the gods).
Götterdämmerung is a Vampire: the Requiem Second Edition chronicle set in the city of Munich, throughout the turbulent years of Germany’s doomed Weimar Republic, until it’s eventual devastation during the Second World War and final defeat of the Third Reich.
It is one of the darkest epochs of history, where all manner of cruelty and barbarism were brought about through extraordinary circumstances by mostly ordinary men and women, bringing into question the very notion of ‘Humanity’ which the undead try so desperately to hold on to:
Where does the Man end, the Beast begin?