The Trump of the Will

Every year when I was at University of Virginia, I attended the screening of Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will. This classic propaganda movie was produced in 1934 to showcase the party rally in Nuremberg. Riefenstahl’s filming techniques were decades ahead of Britain and the U.S.   At U.Va., we were fortunate to be instructed by our distinguished professor of Modern European History, the redoubtable Oron J. Hale. Mr. Hale had served as Allied High Commissioner in occupied Bavaria. This fact added immeasurably to our appreciation of his insightful commentary on the film Today’s viewers can google Der Triumph des Willens as it was shown to German audiences. With its Wagnerian sweep, it retains its power to move us. That, Mr. Hale warned, is exactly the point. We who know where such mass hysteria leads have a duty to speak out, to stand up, and to oppose its advance at every turn. Donald Trump’s antics entertain and offend at the same time....(Read Full Article)