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Life of German Filmmaker and Hitler Confidant Leni Riefenstahl will be Subject of Talk

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 4, 2007

(Mahwah) – Steven Bach, author of Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl (Knopf, 2007), will speak at Ramapo College of New Jersey Friday, October 26 at 11:30 a.m. in the H-Wing Auditorium (H-129).  The presentation is free and open to the public.  For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201.684.7409.

Bach’s talk will deconstruct Riefenstahl’s claims of being an apolitical artist who knew nothing of the Holocaust and was not complicit in any crimes of the Nazi regime.  Relying on new sources, he will reveal Riefenstahl’s unbridled enthusiasm for Hitler and the cultivation of his henchmen who facilitated her career.  The author will highlight Riefenstahl’s role as an eyewitness to wartime atrocities against Jews and her use of slave labor in the form of concentration camp Gypsies destined for Auschwitz.  Bach also will draw attention to Riefenstahl’s post-war attempts to sell footage to Hollywood under an alias and her ongoing failure to take responsibility for her actions or to express remorse for the crimes of the Nazi regime.

Steven Bach is the author of two previous biographies, Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend and Dazzler: The Life and Times of Moss Hart. Previously an executive at United Artists, he now teaches at Bennington College and in the graduate film program at Columbia University.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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