Divas of Fascist Cinema

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Il volto scolpito nel marmo, uno sguardo insieme sensuale e spietato che allude all’erotismo più feroce di quei giorni bui. Le labbra violacee evidenziano un sorriso amaro, sprezzante, fiero del proprio sublime incanto. Sono le dive del cinema fascista, in un’Italia umiliata dalla guerra regnano sulle superfici dell’illusione per regalare un sogno a chi di illusione perisce.

The face sculpted in marble, a sensual and ruthless glance that alludes to the most ferocious eroticism of those dark days. The violet lips show a bitter, contemptuous smile, proud of its own sublime charm. They are the divas of Fascist cinema, in an Italy humiliated by war thay all reigns on the surfaces of illusion to give a dream to those who are diyng by illusion.

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Alida Valli – From a Fresh Look to a Dark Lady – Venturini

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Alida Valli. Ghergo

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Luisa Ferida

Leda Gloria

Seductive Leda Gloria – Ghergo

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Leda Gloria – Venturini

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Elisa Cegani from in “LA CORONA DI FERRO” di Alessandro Blasetti, 1941. Winner of Coppa Mussolini award

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Clara Calami: the first italian “Dark Lady” actress

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Clara Calamai. I think she worn Ferragamo platform shoes. Could be now

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A perfect face. Elsa De Giorgi

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Amazing Beauty: Doris Duranti, the most loved by dictators

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Doris Duranti, the fascist actress, by Elio Luxardo

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Isa Mirande: the platinum italian Dietrich

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Isa Miranda, who arrived in Hollywood, was greeted with clamor by the public and by Paramount

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Bella fino a morire: Maria Montez | When Beauty Kills

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Aladino, dal film “Arabian Nights”:

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Fu attraversata da un fremito quando ascoltò la battuta, Maria Montez. Il film è “Arabian Nights” e siamo nel 1942. La bellissima attrice dominicana era all’apice del successo. I suoi occhi di brace consumavano i sogni degli uomini e le sue fotografie riempivano i loro armadietti celebrandola come una tra le prime Pin-Up hollywoodiane. Nata a Santa Cruz de Barahona nel 1912 come María Antonia Africa Gracia Vidal di Sacro Silas scelse di farsi chiamare Montez, un nome breve ma energico come la sua personalità.

Il matrimonio naufragato e il riscontro nel lavoro di modella  la spinsero ad osare, a trasferirsi ad Hollywood per sfondare nel cinema. Era disposta a tutto per raggiungere la gloria, così arrivarono piccole comparse prima, ruoli da protagonista poi. La sensuale latina divenne regina del filone cinematografico escapista, che permetteva agli spettatori una breve illusoria fuga dalla triste realtà segnata dalla guerra. Con la fine del conflitto, però, la magia si interruppe, la moda della bellezza esotica tramontò e quelle donne fatali cedettero il proprio ruolo alle attrici platinate dai sorrisi e dalle curve rassicuranti.

Maria era ancora giovane e bellissima, celebre per il suo carattere impetuoso, per il suo apparire vistoso alle feste, per la sua sfrenata ricerca di consensi. Tentò così di rimettersi in gioco in Europa, recitando in Francia e in Italia, ma quel nuovo cinema introspettivo, era distante dal suo essere carnale.

Aveva 39 anni Maria quando inaspettatamente Hollywood si ricordò di lei e la scelse per una parte. Lei, che per contratto doveva essere sempre avvenente, non ebbe il tempo di festeggiare.

Ripetendo il suo rituale di bellezza, riempì di acqua fumante la lussuosa vasca da bagno in marmo bianco, un bicchiere di cognac, le candele accese. L’America voleva la Maria di venti anni prima, doveva essere bellissima, aprì la rotella dell’acqua calda ancora un po’ di più, il vapore si condensò sui muri della stanza, sulla sua fotografia che parve scomparire man mano che il corpo della diva si immergeva per l’ultima volta nell’acqua bollente, oltre 60 gradi. Stop. Buona l’ultima.

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From the movie “Arabian Nights”, year 1942. Aladdin:

If you have to leave, don’t go until you come back

Maria Montez was left speechless when she listened to these words. The film is “Arabian Nights” and we are in 1942. The beautiful Dominican actress was at the height of success. Her eyes of embers consumed the dreams of men and her photographs filled their lockers celebrating her as one of the first Hollywood Pin-Ups. Born in Santa Cruz de Barahona in 1912 as María Antonia Africa Gracia Vidal of Sacro Silas chose to be called Montez, a short but energetic name like her personality. The marriage was shipwrecked and the response in the work of the model pushed her to dare, moving to Hollywood. She was willing to do anything to achieve glory, so little start played minor parts in film, then starring roles. The sensual Latina girl became the queen of the escapism movie trend, that allowed the spectators a brief illusory escape from the sad reality marked by the II world war. With the end of the conflict, however, the magic stopped, the fashion of exotic beauty went down and those fatal women gave up their role to the platinized actresses with reassuring smiles and curves. Maria was still young and beautiful, famous for her impetuous character, for her showy appearance at parties, for her unbridled search for consensus. She tried a new career in Europe, playing in France and in Italy, but that new introspective cinema was far from her being Latin, carnal. She was 39 years old when Hollywood unexpectedly chose her for a part in a movie. She, who by contract must always be attractive, did not have time to celebrate. Repeating her ritual of beauty, she filled the luxurious white marble bathtub with steaming water, a glass of cognac, and lit candles. America wanted the Maria twenty years ago, shet had to be beautiful, she opened the hot water wheel a little more, the steam condensed on the walls of the room, on her photograph that seemed to disappear as the body of the diva immersed itself for the last time in boiling water, over 60 degrees. Stop. Good the last one.

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Maria Montez as a Pin-UP

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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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When an old photo describes a moment in life

La modella, è elegante con i suoi capelli biondi  raccolti in uno chignon illuminato da un fermaglio dorato. Indossa un maglioncino verde come la speranza mentre, dando le spalle a noi e alla camera, è immersa nella fotografia che stringe tra le mani. Contempla un ritratto in bianco e nero, sbiadito come un malinconico ricordo. 

Quest’opera d’arte è frutto del lavoro della fotogafa Frances McLaughlin-Gill, e venne pubblicato il 1′ dicembre 1946 su Vogue America. Frances fu la prima donna a ottenere un contratto come fotografa per Vogue Usa.

The model is elegant with her hair pulled back and held up with a clip. Her back is to us and to the camera, and she’s wearing a low cut evening crochet sweater, green as hope. The #atmosphere is full of feeling and #sadness. She is looking at one photo. In black and white like an old #memory.

This atrwork was made by Frances McLaughlin-Gill for Vogue, year 1946. Frances was the first female fashion photographer under contract with #Vogue

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Ph by Frances McLaughlin-Gill’s, appeared on Vogue – 1th December 1946

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“The Macabre and Grotesque in Fashion and Costume History”

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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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© Hans-Joachim Marseille in North Africa

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Young Waffen-SS soldier

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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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© Soren Kam. Soren was the CO of the Schalburg corps, a Danish element of the SS, was alleged to have been involved in the theft of the Jewish birth records in Denmark, so they could be efficiently deported/exterminated, recipient of the Knights Cross and was #5 on the Jews most wanted list before his death

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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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© Sweet and Beautiful junior army officer

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© Look as a 90s JPG model. Kriegsmarine/German Sailor

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© Helmut Oberlander (born 15 February 1924) is a former Canadian citizen who was a member of the Einsatzgruppen death squads of Nazi Germany in the occupied Soviet Union during World War II. Oberlander is on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of most wanted Nazi war criminals

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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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© SS Untersturmführer Havvo Lübbe 1942

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Premio UBU 2017 – Licia Lanera in un mio abito del 1938

L’abito, dal mio archivio, è stato indossato dall’attrice Licia Lanera, madrina della quarantesima edizione del Premio Ubu tenutasi a Milano lo scorso 16 dicembre.

Proviene dalla Berlino del 1938. In crêpe di seta, il suo design rigoroso presenta le influenze tipiche dello stile razionalista.

La parte anteriore è caratterizzata da una sovrapposizione di tessuto che partendo dallo scollo ricade sul tubino inferiore,terminando in due pannelli mobili.

Non resta che presentarvi il vestito, augurandomi vi piaccia.

 

This dress comes from my archive and was worn by actress Licia Lanera, during the fortieth edition of the Ubu Theatre Festival, in Milan last December 16th.

It comes from Berlin, year 1938. In silk crêpe, its rigorous design presents the typical influences of the rationalist style.

The front part is characterized by an overlap of fabric that starts from the neckline falls on the lower sheath, ending in two mobile panels.

You just have to look at the dress, wishing you like it.

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From Auschwitz to Balenciaga: ex model history

Nonostante l’esistenza avvolta da una cupa aurea, pare la vita offra ad alcuni esseri umani un sentiero illuminato dalla fortuna, consegnandoci un testamento che provoca sgomento e biasimo. Sono storie come questa, fatte di percorsi paradossali, che al buio dell’anima affiancano i lustrini dell’alta moda.

Brigitte Höss nacque in Germania il 18 agosto del 1933: una bella bambina bionda, molto più fortunata di altri suoi coetanei ebrei. Suo padre, Rudolf, era il direttore del campo di sterminio di  Auschwitz, che quei bambini e quegli ebrei li uccideva quotidianamente e con brutalità. Brigitte visse la propria infanzia passando da un campo di concentramento all’altro: Dachau fino a 5 anni, Sachsenhausen fino ai 7, e Auschwitz sino agli 11 anni. Qui abitò in una villetta lussuosa, che lei definì “il paradiso”, arredata con mobili e opere d’arte sottratte agli internati .

 

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Auschwitz commander’s daughter Brigitte Hoss with sister and brothers

Domestici, parrucchieri, musicisti, provenivano anch’essi dal lager che confinava con il curatissimo giardino in cui la bambina passava ore di gioco, osservando i prigionieri nelle loro divise a righe. Il prato inglese era illuminato da una bella piscina con scivolo: in alcune immagini Rudolf in divisa guarda i bambini felici mentre vi si tuffano, dietro di loro si inarcano le grigie cupole del campo della morte. Da una finestra, in alto, i figli assistevano spesso allo spettacolo funereo, personificato da centinaia di donne, uomini, bambini, in fila per entrare nelle camere a gas e nei forni crematori.

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I piccoli Hoss riuniti per colazione a cento metri dal forno crematorio

Perduta la guerra e prima che potesse fuggire in Sud America, suo padre fu catturato, processato e impiccato, mentre il resto della famiglia riuscì a salvarsi. Così, in Spagna, il fosco passato di Brigitte venne occultato: nella seconda meta degli anni ’50 la bambina ariana era ormai una bella ragazza al punto che intraprese la carriera di modella per Cristobal Balenciaga. Le divise a righe vestite da ragazze come lei qualche anno prima, sparirono dai ricordi di Brigitte sotto la luce delle passerelle di uno tra i più prestigiosi marchi di moda del New Look.

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Brigitte Hoss

Il ritrovato benessere aveva spazzato il dolore dall’esistenza delle nuove generazioni, si cercò di dimenticare la disgrazia, l’olocausto, la povertà più estrema, e questo Brigitte lo fece sino alla sua morte, giunta qualche anno fa. Nelle ultime interviste rilasciate, sostenne infatti che il numero delle vittime trucidate dai nazisti impegnati nello sterminio di massa era probabilmente assai inferiore a quanto dichiarato ufficialmente, e che “Rudolf Hoss” non era un mostro, ma un soldato che eseguiva degli ordini. L’orrore della sue gesta, l’odore acre della morte che si trasformava in una grande nuvola grigia sopra il cortile, pare non abbiano turbato l’animo della ex modella, né intaccato l’immagine che aveva del padre, antieroe celebre per la propria brutalità, ma da lei definito come l’uomo più dolce del mondo.

Risultati immagini per Rudolf Höß

Rudolf Hoess with executioners

Dopo l’esperienza da Balenciaga, durata tre anni, nel 1961 Brigitte si sposò e visse utilizzando il cognome del marito, nascondendo in tal modo il proprio passato. Un ebreo fuggito in America dopo “la notte dei cristalli” le offrì un lavoro come responsabile nella sua boutique di moda a Washington. La donna serbò il proprio segreto per 40 anni, fino a quando una sera, da ubriaca, lo confessò al proprio titolare, che tuttavia non la ritenne colpevole per i crimini perpetrati dal padre. L’uomo scampato miracolosamente alla morte, fu in grado di non serbare rancore, e di prendersi cura di lei, che concludeva la propria esistenza senza aver superato, forse, il trauma di aver avuto un padre assassino.

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Despite an obscure existence, life seems to offer to some humans a path illuminated by luck. There are stories like this, made of paradoxical paths, mixed from the dark of the soul to the high fashion lights. Brigitte Höss was born in Germany on August 18, 1933: a beautiful blonde girl, much more fortunate than her other Jewish peers. Her father, Rudolf, was the first commander of the Auschwitz camp, which these children and those Jews exterminated daily and brutally. The little Brigitte lived in her childhood from a concentration camp to the other: Dachau up to 5 years old, Sachsenhausen until 7, and Auschwitz up to 11 years old. Here she lived in a luxurious chalet, that she called “paradise”, furnished with furniture and works of art stolen from lager’s prisoners. Households and staffs also came from the lager bordering the beautiful garden where the little girl spent hours playing, watching the prisoners in their striped uniforms. That garden was illuminated by a beautiful pool with a slide: in some pictures Rudolf – in uniform – looks at the happy children as they plunge, the gray domes of the death camp revolve behind them. From a window upstairs, the children often attended the funeral show, embodied by hundreds of women, men, children, in a row to enter the gas chambers and crematoriums. Lost the war and before he could flee to South America, his father was captured, tried and hanged while the rest of the family escaped. So, in Spain, Brigitte’s obscure obsession was concealed: in the second half of the 1950s, the Aryan girl was now a beautiful girl and started a model career for Cristobal Balenciaga. The striped dresses dressed worned by girls, a few years ago, disappeared from Brigitte’s memories in the light of the most prestigious New Look fashion brands. The new kind of life swept away the pain from the existence of the new generations, tried to forget the misfortune, the holocaust, the most extreme poverty, and this Brigitte did so until her death a few years ago. In the latest interviews, she claimed that the number of victims killed by the Nazis involved in massacre was probably far lower than what was officially declared, and that “Rudolf Hoss” was not a monster, but a soldier who executed orders. The acrid smell of death that turned into a big gray cloud above the courtyard, seemed not to have disturbed the soul of the ex model. After three years of experience with Balenciaga, in 1961, Brigitte married and lived using her husband’s surname, hiding her past. A Jewish man who fled to America after the “Crystal Night” offered her a job as responsible in his fashion boutique in Washington. She kept her secret for 40 years, until one night she was drunk and confessed her past to the manager, but he did not consider her guilty of her father’s crimes. The man miraculously fled to death, was unable to maintain grudging and he took care of her, she was ending her own existence without perhaps overcoming the trauma of having a murderous father.

Brigitte Hoss, the daughter of Nazi Rudolph Hoss, in her Virginia home. Her father was the commandant of Auschwitz

Brigitte Hoss in her room during last years of her life. Image courtesy Getty Images.

 

 

 

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