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Jeremy Butler asks:

>Are there any laws or university policies in Germany that would restrict
>the showing of pro-Nazi or Neonazi films?  If they are permissible in
>classroom screenings, are they also permissible in, say, a film society's
>screenings or in a public cinema?

If anyone's interested, the exhibition of Nazi films in modern Germany is
discussed at some length by Eric Rentschler in 'The Ministry of Illusion:
Nazi Cinema and its Afterlife' (Harvard U.P., 1996).  Can't remember what
the legal position is exactly (the book is in a cardboard box in my
parents' attic, so I can't get at it here and now), but R argues that Nazi
entertainment films without an immediately apparent propaganda objective
(that being defined as one which a lay viewer could not readily decipher
without a certain level of historical background) are regularly shown in
modern Germany without most viewers associating them with Nazism.

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