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Leni Riefenstahl photos stolen from German firm
November 7, 2007 / 5:50 PM / 10 years ago

Leni Riefenstahl photos stolen from German firm

<p>German photographer and artist Leni Riefenstahl presents her book "Five Lives" at the Frankfurt book fair in this October 19, 2000 file photo. German police are investigating the theft of 250 photographs by Riefenstahl, Hitler's official filmmaker, from the basement of a firm in Cologne. REUTERS/Alexandra Winkler</p>

BERLIN (Reuters) - German police are investigating the theft of 250 photographs by Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler’s official filmmaker, from the basement of a firm in Cologne.

The Riefenstahl photos and 300 works by American photographer Elliott Erwitt disappeared from a basement storage unit at the offices of Photo Estate GmbH, a subsidiary of Berlin gallery Camera Work AG, police said.

The estimated value of all the works taken is as much as 4 million euros ($5.9 million), they added.

Riefenstahl died in 2003 at the age of 101. Films she made of a Nazi party rally in Nuremberg in 1934 and the 1936 Berlin Olympics brought her fame before World War II and left her a notorious figure after the war ended.

Reporting by Naomi Kresge

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