Triumph poster

Triumph of the Will is a propagandistic documentary film by the German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. It chronicles the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg. The film contains excerpts from speeches given by various Nazi leaders at the Congress, including portions of speeches by Adolf Hitler, interspersed with footage of massed party members. Hitler commissioned the film and served as an unofficial executive producer; his name appears in the opening titles. The overriding theme of the film is the return of Germany as a great power, with Hitler as the True German Leader who will bring glory to the nation.

Triumph of the Will in In the Presence of Mine EnemiesEdit

Triumph of the Will was still required viewing in the Greater German Reich well into the 21st century. Alicia Gimpel had seen it, but couldn't help but notice how old it looked.

The film's director, Leni Riefensthal, had died just a few years before Führer Kurt Haldweim, well past the age of 100.

Triumph of the Will in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit

Most Americans' (including Lou Weissberg) impressions of Nuremberg were based on having seen Triumph of the Will. By 1945, of course, after years of systematic bombing and continued warfare, the city was quite different.[1]

Tom Schmidt had seen the film. Even after the end of World War II, he remembered how Adolf Hitler had his audience in the palm of his hand. He tried but failed to remember the name of director Leni Riefenstahl.[2]

Triumph of the Will in WorldwarEdit

Triumph of the Will was screened every so often in territories controlled by the Greater German Reich. Pierre Dutourd, a French black marketer who detested the Nazis, told his sister Monique that it was marvelous as a propaganda piece. Even the Race admired the film as an example of how to control Tosevite thoughts.[3]


  1. The Man With the Iron Heart, p. 20.
  2. Ibid., p. 44.
  3. Down to Earth, p. 316.