Leni Riefenstahl

Riefenstahl was born in Berlin in 1902. She became a film actress and director. In 1931 she formed her own film company and won several awards. In 1934 Hitler asked her to produce a film documentary on the Nuremburg Rally called ‘Triumph of the Will’. She also filmed the 1936 Olympics in Berlin as a film called ‘Olympia’. After World War Two she was cleared of being a Nazi. Riefenstahl claimed that she only a film director and was not a follower of Hitler’s ideas. However, her film career was destroyed after the war because of her association with the Nazis. She later became a photographer. Her life was still controversial right up to her death in 2003 aged 101.

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