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Filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl (1902-2003) is best known for her propaganda works for the Nazis, "Triumph of the Will" and "Olympia," two technically innovative documentaries produced in the 1930s.
Starting out as a dancer, Leni Riefenstahl moved on to filmmaking after an injury. Adolf Hitler discovered her work and commissioned her to make a documentary about the Nazi party's rally in Nuremberg in 1934, called "Triumph of the Will." It was followed by a film on the Berlin Olympics in 1936, "Olympia." After World War II, she was classified as a "Nazi sympathizer," but never convicted of war crimes. She denied having known about the Holocaust throughout her life, and died in 2003 at the age of 101.
A German cultural foundation has been bequeathed photos, films, manuscripts and letters that belonged to the controversial filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, best known as the director of several Nazi propaganda movies.