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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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(p.239) 19 Perseverance
Veit Harlan

Frank Noack

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter contains a lengthy analysis of Kolberg, Harlan’s last Nazi propaganda film, whose aim is the mobilization of ordinary Germans for the Volkssturm (People’s Army). But it has a low impact on audiences because most cinemas are rubble at the time of its release in January 1945. Many scenes suggest that the makers of this film, at least the actors, don’t believe in the propagandistic, Goebbels-written dialogue they have to deliver. A far superior film cowritten and produced by Harlan, Augen der Liebe (Eyes of love, finished in 1944 but not released until 1951), remains forbidden until the end of the regime because Goebbels finds the hospital setting and the subject of blindness too depressing. Harlan and his wife survive the war, unlike dozens of their friends and colleagues, who are killed during air raids, at the front, or in concentration camps.

Keywords:   air raids, concentration camps, hospitals, killed at the front, mobilization, People’s Army, propaganda, surviving the war, Augen der Liebe

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