Leni Riefenstahl on the Holocaust

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Leni Riefenstahl on the Holocaust

Postby Sannhet » 10 months 3 weeks ago (Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:58 am)

Leni Riefenstahl (1902-2003) was a German actress and film director who directed some of the top documentary films of not just the NS regime era but of the entire history of film up to that point, according to film critics and the like. I have not actually seen any of her films myself in full. She was a close confidante of Hitler's. She claimed until her death at age 101 to have never had any knowledge at all of a mass genocide underway against Jews. I note that this is the same thing that all the top NS regime figures said at the postwar trials.

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Films directed/produced
1932: Das Blaue Licht ("The Blue Light")
1933: Der Sieg des Glaubens ("The Victory of Faith")
1935: Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht ("Day of Freedom: Our Armed Forces")
1935: Triumph des Willens ("Triumph of the Will")
1937: Wilde Wasser ("Wild Water")
1938: Olympia
[She was working on another major film, Tiefland, from 1942, which was only finally released in 1954]
When in 2000 Jodie Foster was planning a biographical drama on Riefenstahl, war-crime documenters [ :roll: ] warned against a revisionist view that glorified the director. They stated that publicly Riefenstahl seemed "quite infatuated" with Hitler and was in fact the last surviving member of his "inner circle".[3] Others go further, arguing that Riefenstahl's visions were essential to the success of the Holocaust.[4] After the war, Riefenstahl was arrested, but classified as being a "fellow traveler" or "Nazi sympathiser" only and was not associated with war crimes. Throughout her life, she denied having known about the Holocaust.
According to her memoir, Riefenstahl tried to intervene but a furious German soldier held her at gunpoint and threatened to shoot her on the spot. She claimed she did not realize the victims were Jews.
The allegation of a mass shooting of Jews in Riefenstahl's presence is from a New York Times article by Clive James. I would love to see the original memoir and not a Wiki-Thug's re-telling.
Fast forward to post-war:
Riefenstahl spent three years under allied arrest after 1945 before being cleared. She spent much of the 1950s living in poverty with her mother in a one-room flat and only reclaimed her career in the 1970s with her photographic essay on the Nubians.
It seems she had every incentive to 'turn on Hitler' and condemn the regime for its genocide of Six Million Jews and Five Million Others, but seems to never have done so, except under duress, as when they demanded such with a Holocaust Denial charge at age 100 (!) (not a joke!) in 2002:
[L]ast year [2002], [Riefenstahl] was investigated for "denying the Holocaust" after she claimed she did not know Gypsies were taken from concentration camps to serve as extras and then sent back to their deaths. State prosecutors eventually dropped the case. [David Irving, 2003]
Her idealized depiction of the 1934 Nazi party rally at Nuremberg ["Triumph of the Will"] -- with its tremendous goose-stepping parades and round-cheeked children giving flowers to Hitler -- is banned in Germany unless presented with facts of the Holocaust. The museum offers one of the first public viewings of a film until now seen almost exclusively in postwar Germany in university classrooms or excerpted in documentaries. [David Irving, 1998]
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