Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Devoted to Hitler: Magda Goebbels, Leni Riefenstahl, and Winifred Wagner
by Beinstein, Alexandra Deborah, M.A., Kean University, 2017, 80; 10262738
Abstract (Summary)

My thesis is a study of Magda Goebbels, Leni Riefenstahl, and Winifried Wagner and how they became enamored of Hitler and went along with [his] Nazi ideology. These three women were not ordinary Germans. Magda was married to Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Enlightenment and Propaganda, and one of the most powerful men of the Third Reich. Leni, an actress and renowned film director was responsible for key propaganda film such as: The Triumph of the Will and Olympia. Winifred was married to composer Richard Wagner’s son and took charge of Wagner’s legacy. Hitler was fascinated by each of the women and utilized them to further his desire to restore Germany to its past glory. I would like to touch on the dynamic between Hitler and Goebbels, considering the fact that Madga served as the First Lady of the Third Reich. I plan to demonstrate that these three women willingly assisted Hitler in his quest and possibly exploited their association with him to further their own agendas.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Toby, Melodie
School: Kean University
Department: Holocaust and Genocide Studies
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: MAI 82/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: European history
Keywords: Goebbels, Magda, Riefenstahl, Leni, Wagner, Winifred, Nazi ideology, German history, Goebbels, Joseph, Hitler, Adolf, Propaganda films
Publication Number: 10262738
ISBN: 9798662469105
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