The Triumph of the Will Reborn

The city of Nuremberg, Germany is faced with a problem: what to do with the decaying monuments of the Third Reich, including Zeppelinfeld, the huge stadium that saw the Nazi rallies of the 1930s. Zeppelinfeld in the 1930s. Zeppelinfeld today. The restoration of the colossal and wordless testament to Nazism's power continues to present a dilemma to the citizens of Nuremberg.  Some think the ruins should be preserved as a warning for future generations; others believe that the whole complex should be allowed to disintegrate. Looking at the ruins of Nuremberg, part of the empire that was to last for a thousand years, it is perhaps difficult to believe the powerfully mesmerizing impact the grand formations of Nazi soldiers and symbols at one time had.  Perhaps no one documented the effects of Nazism's intoxicatingly splendiferous grandeur better than filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, whose Triumph of the Will remains a cinematic masterpiece even though...(Read Full Article)

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