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PROPAGANDIST FILMMAKER CAPTURED HORRIFIC ASPECTS OF NAZI GERMANY

by Paul Butler

The word propaganda is often synonymous with lie.

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Leni Riefenstahl editing her film Olympia (1938)

     But one of the curious values of propaganda to the historian is that it can tell the truth in a far more profound sense than any amount of hindsight and historical deconstruction. It can accurately portray the emotions, feelings and thoughts that brought people to a certain point of view in the first place. ...

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