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West Germany Flooded with Video Cassettes of Nazi Era Propaganda Films

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Video cassettes of propaganda films made during the Nazi era are flooding the West German market. But the authorities say little can be done about it because the shops retailing the material insist it is only for the purpose of “scientific research.”

The police are trying to trace the individuals or organizations responsible for the cassettes, so far without success. One police official said the films contain subtle disinformation about Jews and, in his opinion, are more dangerous than direct anti-Semitic propaganda.

The cassettes are referred to in the annual report just released by Heinz Galinsky, chairman of the Jewish Community of West Berlin. He said they include the Nazi film collection of Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun, who wed the Fuehrer just before their double suicide in the Chancellory bunker in 1945. This collection is being offered openly for sale, with the buyers asked only to sign a commitment not to exhibit them publicly, Galinsky said.

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