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Alfred Bauer's Nazi past does not alter his undeniable merits

Without Alfred Bauer, the Berlinale would not have existed as one of the three major festivals alongside Cannes and Venice.

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Alfred Bauer's Nazi past does not alter his undeniable merits

Without Alfred Bauer, the Berlinale would not have existed as one of the three major festivals alongside Cannes and Venice. After the war, no one wanted to know exactly how burdened Bauer was from his time in Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda. Actually, even 75 years after the end of the war, no one really wanted to know. Shortly before the Berlinale 2020, the Kinemathek announced the first major portrayal of Alfred Bauer - but it was never presented because shortly before that a critical article about Bauer's role in Nazi film politics appeared in "Zeit".

It is, as is often the case with these figures of West German reconstruction who had a past in fascism, a double-edged sword. Basically it comes down to four questions:

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