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Veit HarlanThe Life and Work of a Nazi Filmmaker$
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Frank Noack

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167008

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167008.001.0001

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The Son

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Veit Harlan

Frank Noack

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter deals with events of Harlan’s childhood that may have had an influence on his later films. Because of his small size, the boy in 1899 has to perform daredevil stunts in front of his family, resulting in a head injury that causes lifelong pain. In addition, he becomes the object of a nightly rescue operation on a lake, an experience he will re-create in several of his films, including Jud Süss. He gains some stage experience at Max Reinhardt’s Deutsches Theater, participates in World War I, suffers the pains of unrequited love and a heart attack, becomes a member of Berlin’s small but well-regarded Volksbühne theater, goes on tour, and marries the Jewish actress Dora Gerson.

Keywords:   childhood experiences, head injury, Max Reinhardt Theater, rescue operation on a lake, small size, stage experience, unrequited love, Dora Gerson

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