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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 German Soul

The German Soul

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Veit Harlan

Frank Noack

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter deals with the preproduction and shooting of two literary adaptations in Agfacolor, Immensee (Drone Bees Lake) and Opfergang (Path of sacrifice), in the summer of 1942. During the extended postproduction of these two films, the Sixth Army surrenders at Stalingrad, Dora Gerson and her family are murdered at Auschwitz, and Harlan is given the title professor. In 1943, he starts work on his fourth film in Agfacolor, the epic Kolberg, which glorifies Prussian resistance to the armies of Napoleon, who, as in two previous Harlan films, is celebrated as a great leader who just happens to be on the enemy’s side. During the first massive air raids on Berlin in November 1943, the film editors of Immensee are killed. The film itself is Harlan’s most peaceful and idyllic one. With its pure heroine who remains faithful to her husband even if she loves another man, it becomes a favorite of German soldiers.

Keywords:   air raids, Auschwitz, faithful heroine, Napoleonic war, Prussian resistance, pure heroine, Sixth Army surrender, Immensee, Opfergang, Kolberg

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