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1933 to 1945

The economic recession at the end of the 1920s drove UFA close to bankruptcy. After the Nazis took power in 1933, the "Ministry for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda" commissioned a number of Nazi-propaganda pictures. Filmmakers like Josef von Sternberg, Fritz Lang, Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder and film stars like Marlene Dietrich left Germany to try their luck in Hollywood.

The production of entertainment still remained the Studio's main function, in order to distract the German audience from the terrors of war. During this era, the studio produced pictures such as Münchhausen (Baron Munchhausen) and Feuerzangenbowle. The stars of the time are Zarah Leander, Heinz Rühmann and Hans Albers.

Due to Joseph Goebbel's decree that entertainment is part of the war effort, the German film industry kept production going until the last days of the war in 1945. In August of 1945, the studio lot became subject to allied law and was occupied by the soviet military administration until 1947.

 
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