Renate Müller: the tragic antinazi Diva

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Quando un’anima nasce, le vengono gettate delle reti per impedire che fugga. Tu mi parli di religione, lingua, nazionalità: io cercherò di fuggire da quelle reti

“When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets”

James Joyce

Padre pubblicista e madre pittrice, un talento innato per la recitazione e una bellezza fuori dal comune, che le costerà la vita. Renate Müller nacque a Monaco il 26 aprile del 1906, e a soli 19 anni debuttò a teatro con “Ein Sommernachtstraum” (Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream) diretta da Pabst.

Trasferitasi a Berlino, nel 1929 ebbe il suo primo ruolo cinematografico in “Peter Der Matrose” (Peter the Sailor). Il successo fu immediato e fino al 1937 comparve in 25 film , tra i quali il celebre “Die Privatesekretärin”, tradotto anche in inglese e ”Viktor und Viktoria” del 1933.

La fama raggiunta, i capelli biondi, i bei occhi azzurri, destarono l’interesse del regime nazionalsocialista, che pressò Renate con sempre maggiore insistenza affinché lei divenisse il volto per i film di propaganda del partito. Numerosi quanto le richieste furono i rifiuti della bella attrice, ma la vita nella Berlino di quel tempo era difficile: sospetti, dicerie, semplici invidie di colleghe potevano essere la causa di processi sommari, deportazioni, omicidi, e Renate aveva un angoscioso segreto che doveva restare nascosto.

Così cedette alle pressioni e nel 1937 recitò in quella che sarebbe stata la sua ultima comparsa in celluloide: “Togger”, pellicola dal contenuto antisemita. Hitler fu sedotto dall’attrice, perfetta incarnazione dell’ideale di donna ariana, ma nonostante le sue lusinghe lei rifiutò di essergli amica. Goebbels insospettito da tanta distanza e dai suoi continui viaggi nella nemica città di Londra, prese a farla pedinare dalla Gestapo.

L’inconfessabile segreto emerse: Renate aveva un fidanzato, viveva in Inghilterra ed era un ebreo. Si persero così, tutto d’un tratto, le notizie sulla bella ragazza: nuove star ariane presero il suo posto sugli schermi. Si diffusero strane voci secondo le quali Renate era stata ricoverata in manicomio a seguito di ripetute crisi di nervi, abuso di alcol e di morfina. Repentino giunse il finale di questa triste storia, il 7 ottobre del 1937 l’attrice fece un lungo volo dalla finestra della sua casa a Berlino. Il corpo fu in fretta cremato presso il Wilmersdorf Krematorium per essere sepolto in gran silenzio all’interno del Parkfriedhof Lichterfelde a Berlin Steglitz. Ai tanti fan fu proibito di partecipare ai funerali, il governo cercò di placare gli animi affermando si fosse trattato di suicidio, ma dei vicini di casa della ragazza, in silenzio, dissero di averla vista precipitare dal balcone all’arrivo in cortile degli uomini della Gestapo. Molti altri, invece, giurarono che furono proprio i soldati ad aver lanciato nel vuoto l’attrice che in vita rifiutò di esser lanciata sugli schermi di un cinema maledetto.

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Father publicist and mother painter, an innate talent for acting and a beauty out of the ordinary, which will cost her life. Renate Müller was born in Monaco on April 26, 1906, and at the age of 19 filmaker Pabst made her debut with “Ein Sommernachtstraum” (Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream). Transferring to Berlin, in 1929 she had his first film role in “Peter Der Matrose “(Peter the Sailor). The success was immediate and until 1937 appeared in 25 films, among which the famous “Die Privatesekretärin”, also translated into English and “Viktor und Viktoria” of 1933. The fame achieved, the blonde hair, the beautiful blue eyes, aroused the interest of the National Socialist regime, which pressed Renate with increasing insistence to use her face for the nazi propaganda films. Life in Berlin – at that time – was difficult: suspicions, rumors, simple envies of colleagues could be the cause of summary trials, deportations, murders, and Renate had an anguishing secret that was to remain hidden. So he gave in to pressure and in 1937 she played in what would have been her last appearance in celluloid: “Togger”, a film with anti-Semitic content. Hitler was seduced by the actress, the perfect embodiment of the ideal of an Aryan woman, but in spite of her flattery, she refused to be his friend. Goebbels, suspicious of her distance and her constant journeys in the enemy city of London, began to  follow the woman by Gestapo. The unconfessable secret emerged: Renate had a boyfriend, lived in England and was a Jew. Thus, all of a sudden, the news about the beautiful girl was lost: new Aryan stars took their place on the screens. Strange rumors were spread that Renate had been hospitalized as a result of repeated nerve crises, alcohol abuse and morphine. The end of this sad story came to a sudden, on October 7, 1937, the actress took a long flight from the window of her house in Berlin. The body was quickly cremated at the Wilmersdorf Krematorium to be buried in great silence inside the Parkfriedhof Lichterfelde in Berlin Steglitz. To the many fans it was forbidden to attend the funeral, the government tried to appease the soul by saying it was suicide, but the girl’s neighbors, in silence, said they had seen her fall from the balcony to the men’s Gestapo. Many others, however, swore that it was the soldiers who had launched into the void the actress who in life refused to be thrown on the screens of a damn cinema

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Renate Müller: the tragic anti-nazi Diva. 1930 c.

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Amzing blue-eyed and blonde hair, she was considered to be one of the great beauties of her time. From 1932.

German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 6450 1, 1931 1932.

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The true circumstances surrounding her death remain unclear.

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Nazi Men Aesthetic | Bellezza Maschile nel Terzo Reich

L’oscura voragine entro cui sprofondò l’ideologia nazista fu contraddistinta da una singolare antinomia che vide il trionfo di un’ossessiva ricerca della perfezione estetica alternarsi a una morale scellerata. All’animo turpe di molti soldati del Terzo Reich corrispondeva un’apparente contraddittoria bellezza fisica, quasi come fosse necessaria a purificare la crudeltà dei loro pensieri. Attraverso questa serie di immagini la mia ricerca esibisce lo splendore del male e il travestimento del ripugnante, che generano una euritmia spaventosa.

The obscure chasm in which the Nazi ideology collapsed was marked by a singular antinomy that saw the triumph of an obsessive pursuit of aesthetic perfection alternating with a nefarious morality. To the turbulent mind of many soldiers of the Third Reich corresponded an apparent contradictory physical beauty, almost as if it were necessary to purify the cruelty of their thoughts. Through this series of images my research exhibits the splendor of evil and the disguise of the repugnant, which generates a frightening eurythmy.

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© SS young pretty soldier. Beautiful innocent face, in contrast with the skull on the hat

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© Early in his career, he was transferred from JG-52 by his commander, the famous Johannes “Macky” Steinhoff who said, “Marseille was remarkably handsome”

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© Poul, Soren and Erik: The Kam brothers.
They volunteered and fought in the 5th SS division, Wiking

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© Ludwig Kepplinger (31 December 1911 — 26 August 1944) was a Sturmbannführer (Major), in the Waffen-SS during World War II who was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross

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During the battle – 1943

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© Gerhard “Gerd” Barkhorn (20 March 1919 – 8 January 1983) was the second most successful fighter ace of all time after fellow Luftwaffe pilot Erich Hartmann, the two people to ever exceed 300 confirmed victories

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Nazism and Beauty, two pictures

Sono a Berlino per lavoro, visitando il bellissimo museo di arte moderna “Berlinischegalerie” sono stato colpito da due immagini del 1940 che ritraggono rispettivamente una bambina e un giovane uomo.

I due soggetti ritornano improvvisamente ad essere in vita, raccontando attraverso gli scatti qualcosa che in modo indelebile ha segnato le loro esistenze congiungendole al presente e proiettandole al futuro.

Sono cittadini di Berlino, biondi, esteticamente appaiono perfetti, volti dai lineamenti carezzevoli, corpo maschile vigoroso e sensuale.La fanciulla appare triste, lo sguardo gioioso di bambina fissa il vuoto di un orizzonte buio. Il naso all’insù si scontra con la geometria di un sorriso spezzato, le labbra scendono verso il basso a descrivere un’allegria infranta, presagendo un declino sconfinato.

Una pericolosa vertigo stringe e risucchia l’intera esistenza di un popolo scaraventando sciagurati esseri nella più tetra delle storie da ricordare.

La ricerca della perfezione estetica volta alla supremazia della razza ariana emerge da queste due immagini con prepotenza, il culto del corpo e la celebrazione dei tratti somatici seducono lo sguardo e atterriscono l’animo.

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I’m in Berlin for business, visiting the beautiful museum of modern art “Berlinische Galerie” I was impressionated by two 1940’s images portraying a little girl and a beautiful boy, boths are from Berlin, blonds, appearing aesthetically perfect, faces are amazing, male body vigorous and sexy. The beautiful girl looks sad, joyous eyes of child looks at a creepy horizon, without lights. The research for aesthetic perfection and for the supremacy of the Aryan race emerges from these two images with arrogance, the cult of the body and the celebration of somatic seduce the eye and terrify the soul.

 

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