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Victory of the Faith (1933) Poster

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Director Leni Riefenstahl was visiting Great Britain in April 1934, to speak at major universities to discuss her documentary film techniques. It is during this visit that at least one copy of this film is known to have been duplicated. It was found after being in storage for over 60 years, and is the only known surviving print. The opening credits appear to have been shot off of a screen projection, but the remainder of the footage appears to be a direct copy of a print.
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This film includes footage of Ernst Röhm, head of the Nazi Party "Brownshirts" and heir-apparent to the Head of the NSDAP (National Socialist German Worker's Party). In June 1934 Adolf Hitler, suspecting a coup by the S.A., gave orders that Röhm and much of the S.A.'s top leadership be arrested and executed. All references to Röhm were ordered to be erased from German history, which included the destruction of all known copies of this film. The film Triumph of the Will (1935) was produced to replace it.
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