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Minister of State for Culture questions Alfred Bauer Prize | TIME ONLINE

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The Minister of State for Culture, Monika Grütters, wants to have the Nazi allegations against the former Berlinale director Alfred Bauer examined and then take action if necessary. "The reappraisal of the National Socialist past is part
of our national self-image – that doesn't just apply to them
Politics, but also for key social actors, "said
Grütter. "If this should confirm all of our new knowledge, it is
it goes without saying that the name Alfred Bauer is related
with the Berlinale like this, "said Grütters." Then it will
no longer give an award named after Alfred Bauer. "

According to a ZEIT report on the past of the former Berlinale director
 the film festival has suspended the price named after it. By doing
Articles would be cited to show Bauer 's role in the sources
re – illuminate National Socialist film policy, it said
Film Festival. The interpretation of these sources suggests that he
held important positions in the Nazi era.

Bauer had the film festival in Berlin headed from 1951 to 1976. The prize named after him has been awarded since 1987, most recently as one of several bear awards in the competition.

"The Berlinale Directorate is now having a scientific opinion drawn up that will re-evaluate the information that has arisen," said Grütters. "If that is how it looks in the credible presentation, then the necessary consequences will be drawn. The Berlinale directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian have made this very appropriately and consistently clear."

For Grütters, this process shows "that our past catches up with us time and again. You have to react consistently and very clearly, that's what the Berlinale management did."

The Berlinale is one of the world's major film festivals alongside Cannes and Venice. The 70th International Film Festival will open on February 20 with the novel adaptation My Salinger Year after J.D. Salinger. The festival plans to show around 340 films by March 1st.

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