Erwin Leiser

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Erwin Leiser (May 16, 1923 – August 22, 1996)[1] was a Swedish director, writer, and actor. He is best known for his 1960 documentary film Mein Kampf, based on Nazi footage from secret archives and depicting Nazi atrocities.[2] He subsequently made other documentaries both on Nazi Germany and other topics.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Berlin, he fled to Sweden at the age of 15 to escape the Nazi Party. He graduated from the University of Lund and worked as a journalist and a drama and literary critic.[3]


In 1967, he was a member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival.[1]

Leiser published the book Nazi Cinema in 1974.


Erwin Leiser was buried in Zürich's Israelitischer Friedhof Oberer Friesenberg.[4]


  1. ^ a b Erwin Leiser (1923–1996)
  2. ^ Erwin Leiser
  3. ^ Erwin Leiser at New York Times
  4. ^ "Zürich: Jüdischer Friedhof - Oberer Friesenberg" (in German). Retrieved 2015-12-18.

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