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W. Forst | Willy Forst
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[on his involvement during WW II in making films under the control of the Nazi regime] I never wasted much thought on the kind of films I was making. They came about by themselves, born of my relief at no longer having to "reproduce," and of the growing pressure exerted by the Nazis. My native country [Austria] was occupied by the National Socialists, and my work became a silent protest. ...
Twice caused controversy: the first time, by arousing the ire of Joseph Goebbels through his refusal to appear in the stridently anti-semitic film 'Jud Suess'. The second time, with conservative civic groups, for a nude long shot of Hildegard Knef in 'Die Suenderin' (1951).