Tea with Goebbels and Hitler: Asta Nielsen in Nazi Germany
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'.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Publication date: 2012-11-19
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