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Subject: [Leica] Leni Riefenstahl
From: nathan.wajsman at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Tue Aug 24 20:55:08 2004
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Whether or not she was technically a member of the Nazi party in the 
sense of having a membership card and having paid her membership dues is 
an irrelevant issue (just as it was with Hamsun in Norway). She WAS a 
Nazi and gave everything she had in her (artistically) to the Nazis. 
Sure, she did not kill anyone or smash any windows during the 
Krystallnacht, but that was not her role in the machinery. As for later 
repentence, can you show me any record of it?


Marc James Small wrote:

> At 06:19 AM 8/23/04 +0200, Nathan Wajsman wrote:
>>To just look at the technical prowess of someone like Riefenstahl 
>>without reference to her enthusiastic support for the Nazis is sterile. 
>>She was not just someone who played along with the regime in order to 
>>survive; she was a committed supporter. As such I reject her work 
>>totally. I have no desire to have a book of her photographs on my shelf, 
>>just as I have no need to have Mein Kampf there.
> Nathan
> Please.  Would you give me one example of any direct support Riefenstahl
> ever gave the Nazis?  She was not a party member, she met Hitler only two
> or three times in the 1930's, and was out of the public purview at the
> insistence of G?bbels by 1938:  she had great difficulty finding work
> during the War.
> Again, provide just one example of her "committed support" to the Nazis!
> She made two films, for which she was well-paid.  She had a lengthy affair
> with Albrecht Speer before he was of much comment in the Third Reich.  The
> Nazis swept her aside as irrelevant long before the Second World War broke
> out.
> Marc
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Nathan Wajsman
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