Kristina Söderbaum: Swedish citizen, Nazi superstar

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This article deals with the reception of German film star Kristina Söderbaum in her native Sweden. Söderbaum reached the heights of superstardom, becoming one of Germany’s top box office stars of all time. Until 1945 she appeared exclusively in films directed by her husband, Veit Harlan. The Swedish press closely monitored Söderbaum’s career, though her most infamous film Jud Süss/Jew Süss (1940) was banned by Swedish censors. After the war, she tried unsuccessfully to resume her career, among other places in Sweden. Taking into consideration her close collaboration with Joseph Goebbels, the Swedish press, though negative, treated her surprisingly gently. In fact, Söderbaum’s role in Germany during the war was never really discussed in Sweden. This article suggests several reasons for this relative silence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-356
JournalJournal of Scandinavian Cinema
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Arts


  • press reception
  • collaboration
  • nazism
  • Kristina Söderbaum
  • stardom
  • Veit Harlan
  • Sweden and World War II


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