Magazine article The Spectator

Leni's Triumph

Magazine article The Spectator

Leni's Triumph

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The boxy, millennial music swirls and lurches.

Through rolling banks of cloud, sure of its way, the Führer's plane descends -- over half-glimpsed views of bell-towers, alleyways, rooftops, tall-spired churches, the ancient (now Adolf-Hitler-Platz) market square.

Morning in misty Nuremberg: the longed-for day.

The black Mercedes glides through ecstatic streets;

a cat on a window-sill wakens; the city's statues turn for the cameras. Nature, ancestral lore will be folded into this myth. To the cutting-room floor go doubts, hesitations, obstructions, the small defeats, the Führer nervous and worrying about his hair.

The day has the feel of mysteries that have come to birth, of untold tales to be told. But we have seen it before.

This is time-worn history: Caesar and Caesar's legions gathering to test the limits of the known earth.

These eagles, standards, marchings, flags unfurled are stirrings of age-old powers -- and will lead to more. …

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