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Hitler's WomenWinifred Wagner - The Muse (eps. 3)

She is there from the very beginning. Winifred Wagner, director of the Bayreuth Festival. At Christmas 1923 she presents an inmate of Landsberg Prison with a packet of white paper. The man, Adolf Hitler, uses this to write „Mein Kampf“, the detailed account of the reign of terror he is to inflict upon the world in years to come.

Ten years later the former prisoner has secured power over the entire country, and Winifred – wife of Wagner’s insipid son, Siegfried – eagerly places Bayreuth at the disposal of the brownshirts. Hitler, an enthusiastic fan of Wagner’s, enjoys attending the festival and never misses one. And he is a frequent guest at Winifred Wagner’s private home; the children refer to him as „Uncle Wolf“. Winifred is a dedicated Nazi, even in spring 1945 when Germany is in ruins – and she is planning a new Bayreuth Festival in honour of the Führer. She refuses to change also after the war.

In exclusive interviews her grandchildren Nike and Gottfried Wagner speak openly about their grandmother’s fanaticism. Private film material shows the Wagner family relaxing with „Uncle Wolf“.

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