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Tea with Goebbels and Hitler: Asta Nielsen in Nazi Germany

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Having spent most of her professional life in Berlin, the Danish silent cinema actress Asta Nielsen's relationship with Germany was both emotionally close and politically complicated, the latter due in large part to the ascendance of the NSDAP in the 1930s, several years before Nielsen returned permanently to Denmark. Both before and after World War II, Nielsen faced accusations of harbouring Nazi sympathies, which she consistently and publicly denied, but her private letters to close friends in Germany reveal a more nuanced picture of her conflicted ties to the land she called her 'second homeland'.

Keywords: Asta Nielsen; Denmark; Heinrich George; Heinrich Rumpff; Nazi Germany; Third Reich; collaboration

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Publication date: November 19, 2012

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