26. August 2012

Animation Under the Swastika

Rolf Giesen, Spezialist für Special Effects und Animation hat zusammen mit J. P. Storm ein Buch über den Trickfilm in der Nazizeit publiziert, kürzlich erschienen bei McFarland & Company in Jefferson. Ich habe das Buch noch nicht in der Hand gehabt, vertraue aber der Kompetenz von Rolf und weise hier darauf hin. Im Verlagstext heißt es: „Among their many idiosyncrasies, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of propaganda, remained serious cartoon aficionados throughout their lives. They adored animation and their influence on German animation after World War II continues to this day. This study explores Hitler and Goebbels’ efforts to establish a German cartoon industry to rival Walt Disney’s and their love-hate relationship with American producers, whose films they studied behind locked doors. Despite their ambitious dream, all that remains of their efforts are a few cartoon shorts—advertising and puppet films starring dogs, cats, birds, hedgehogs, insects, Teutonic dwarves, and other fairy-tale ensemble. While these pieces do not hold much propaganda value, they perfectly illustrate Hannah Arendt’s controversial description of those who perpetrated the Holocaust: the banality of evil.“ Rolf ist seit einiger Zeit Direktor des „Jilin Animation, Comics and Games Museums“ in Changchun.