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TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 29 – NAZI FILM CENSORSHIP MADE IN KREUZBERG

A letter envelope stamped at the Office for Film Propaganda

1933

The new film of Fritz Lang, whose other productions known as M and Metropolis are THE classics of the world cinema today, Das Testament des Dr Mabuse is officially banned.

Reichspropagandaministerium Amtsleitung Film – Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda´s Film Department – run by Josef Goebbels decides the film could harm the party´s image by weakening people´s trust in the government and teach them the wrong things (for instance, how to get rid of potentially dangerous witnesses).

Goebbels himself likes the film enough to write in his diary: “Sehr aufregend. Aber kann nicht freigegeben werden. Anleitung zum Verbrechen.“ “Quite exctiting. But cannot be shown. Teaches crime.”

Amtsleitung Film (or Abteilung VII) of the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda had its seat in Belle-Alliance-Strasse 38, Kreuzberg, in a beautiful villa belonging to the Villenkolonie Wilhelmshöhe. The house is gone today. The plot and those around it house the monstrosity known as Familienzentrum Mehringdamm, whose usefulness to the People is in reversed proportion to its aesthetic dimension.

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