A Tale of Two Artists

As with many other things during the 1930s, the Nazi effort to bring the arts under their control was hamstrung  by the turf wars that various state and party organs fought and a lack of agreement on the part of state actors on what constituted good Nazi art. Aside from those areas in which Hitler… Continue reading A Tale of Two Artists

Marriage In The Third Reich

Because the building of a pure, highly populous Aryan racial community was central to the Nazi gospel, the Nazis were obsessed with driving women out of the professions and into marriages which would produce large numbers of children. According to the ABC of National Sociialism: German women wish in the main to be wives and mothers,… Continue reading Marriage In The Third Reich

Gays and Lesbians In the Third Reich

Though old German laws against homosexuality–most notoriously Paragraph 175 of the German penal code–persisted through the Weimar republic, the 1920s were a time when German homosexuals not only successfully pressed for greater freedom, but also made Germany, Berlin particularly, an attractive destination for gays and lesbians from all over Europe.  Gays and lesbians had their… Continue reading Gays and Lesbians In the Third Reich

Review: The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl

Leni Riefenstahl’s life, to whatever degree it was horrible or wonderful, will always be linked with her direction of two films for the Third Reich: Olympia and The Triumph of the Will. What makes the documentary, The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, worth watching is that it allows us to experience that life as both a tragedy and… Continue reading Review: The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl