Showcases in the Cold War. New research on the history of the Berlinale in the Alfred Bauer era

Public panel discussion


After media publications revealed in 2020 that the role of the first director of the Berlinale, Alfred Bauer, in the Reichsfilmintendanz was more significant than had been previously realised, the Berlinale commissioned the independent Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) to examine Alfred Bauer’s position in the Nazi film bureaucracy more closely.
Considering the results of the 2020 preliminary study, the Berlinale management asked itself how the view of the founding years of the Berlinale was being altered as a result, but also whether Bauer’s Nazi involvement had an impact on the design of the festival. The IfZ was therefore commissioned to expand the study.
Further information here.

On the occasion of the publication of the extended study “Showcases in the Cold War. New research on the history of the Berlinale in the Alfred Bauer era (1951–1976)”, the Berlinale invites the public to attend a panel discussion on November 2 at 6.30 pm at HAU Hebbel am Ufer.


6.30 pm Welcome speech by Mariette Rissenbeek, Managing Director of the Berlinale
Keynote by Dr. Andreas Malycha (IfZ)

6.50 pm Panel discussion
Moderator: Prof.Dr. Andreas Wirsching (Director IfZ)

Dr. Stefanie Mathilde Frank (Vice Director of the Theaterwissenschaftliche Sammlung, Institute for Media Culture and Theatre, Cologne)
Annekatrin Hendel (producer, director)
Dr. Wolf-Rüdiger Knoll (IfZ)
Dr. Felix Moeller (historian, producer, director)


  • Past
    Wed 2.11.2022, 18:30 / HAU1


The panel discussion will take place in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History.


Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin

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