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Due to new discoveries about the role of Alfred Bauer, the first director of the Berlinale, during the time of National Socialism, the Berlinale archive is now subject to an external scientific examination by the “Institute for Contemporary History” (IfZ). This applies in particular to the years from 1951 to 1976, when Bauer was festival director, and from 1987 to 2019, when the prize named after him was awarded. Sources suggest that Bauer was a high-ranking official in the Nazi film bureaucracy and that he concealed this information after National Socialism came to an end.

The results of the IfZ assessment are expected in this coming summer.

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