Leni Riefenstahl - Kampf in Schnee und Eis - 1933

Leni Riefenstahl - Kampf in Schnee und Eis - 1933
Photography - Quantity: 1 - Book

Hesse and Becker, Leipzig. 1933. First edition, second printing (11. till 18. thousand).

Scarce photobook title in breath-taking photogravure printing and fantastic condition.

Leni Riefenstahl is famous for several great photobooks, among others for:
"Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf" (1937):
- Andrew Roth, The Book of 101 Books, page 96/97
- 802 photobooks of the M. + M. Auer collection, page 225

Hardcover in linen. 165 x 245 mm. 116 pages. 155 photos. Text in german.

Inside and outside in fresh condition with no foxing and only light trace of use. Previous owner marks on the rear side of the front cover; no other marks, no other flaws, no defects. Overall fine, better condition than usual.


Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl (1902.2003) was a german film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, photographer, actress and dancer. A talented swimmer and artist, she also became interested in dancing during her childhood, taking dancing lessons and performing across Europe.
After seeing a promotional poster for the 1924 film "Der Berg des Schicksals" ("The Mountain of Destiny") Riefenstahl was inspired to move into acting. Between 1925 and 1929, she starred in five successful motion pictures. In 1932, Riefenstahl decided to try directing with her own film called "Das Blaue Licht" ("The Blue Light"). In the 1930s, she directed "Triumph des Willens" ("Triumph of the Will") and Olympia, resulting in worldwide attention and acclaim. The movies are widely considered two of the most effective and technically innovative propaganda films ever made. Her involvement in "Triumph des Willens", however, significantly damaged her career and reputation after the war. The exact nature of her relationship with Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler remains a matter of debate. However, Hitler was in close collaboration with Riefenstahl during the production of at least three important Nazi films, and a closer friendship is claimed to have existed.

Lot details
Number of Books
Author/ Illustrator
Leni Riefenstahl
Book Title
Kampf in Schnee und Eis
Very good
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition
Original language
Hesse and Becker, Leipzig
Binding/ Material
Number of pages
245×165 mm
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