Stone:  A Historical Sonnet by K.S. Fause

Leni Riefenstahl by Alexander Binder

Leni Riefenstahl by Alexander Binder

“Stone” by K.S. Fause

Soldiers appear as though they’re carved of stone;
Something so beautiful yet so destructive;
Tens of thousands in the crowd, all unknown.
His words, his gaze, much too seductive.
A masterpiece only I could create;
Connected to hate, violence, and fear,
Burdens my heart with such a heavy weight.
All is shattered that I held close and dear.
How was I to know what he had planned?
I’m an artist, not a politician.
No one knew how far his terror had spanned.
He hungered for power, recognition.
Like a dam buckling under pressure,
Millions died because of this oppressor.

About Leni Riefenstahl

Triumph_des_Willens_poster

Poster for the 1935 film Triumph des Willens. The poster art copyright is believed to belong to the distributor of the film, Universum Film AG, the publisher of the film or the graphic artist.

Leni Riefenstahl (1903—2003) is known for two documentary films she made for Hitler: Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens) and Olympia.  While she claimed to be an apolitical artist, her nationalistic vision of Germany’s traditions served to idealize the cause of Hitler’s regime.  After being arrested by the Allies, Riefenstahl portrayed herself as young director who folded to the pressure to make films for the Nazi Party and claimed that she didn’t recognize the goals of the Third Reich until it was too late.  She refused to be held accountable for her role in the Holocaust and upheld that her films were not propaganda but art.

Photo of Leni Riefenstahl via Wikimedia Commons.

Poster for film via Wikimedia Commons.