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Walter Frentz
File:File:Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1988-106-29, Leni Riefenstahl bei Dreharbeiten (Walter Frentz).jpg
Walter Frentz filming the 1936 Summer Olympics for the film "Olympia" in Olympiastadion assisted by both Leni Riefenstahl and a crew. (See original picture below)
Born (1907-08-21)21 August 1907
Died 6 July 2004(2004-07-06) (aged 96)
Place of birth Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, German Empire
Place of death Überlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1938–1945
Rank Luftwaffe epaulette Oberleutnant.svg Oberleutnant
Battles/wars World War II
Other work Film Photographer
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1988-106-29, Leni Riefenstahl bei Dreharbeiten.jpg

Walter Frentz (About this sound listen ; 21 August 1907 – 6 July 2004) was a German cameraman, film producer and photographer, who was considerably involved in the picture propaganda of Nazi Germany.

Frentz was born at Heilbronn. During the Nazi regime in Germany, he worked as a cameraman for Leni Riefenstahl; from 1939 to 1945, he was closely associated with photographing and filming activities of higher echelons of leaders of Nazi Germany, including German dictator Adolf Hitler. He was with Hitler in the Führerbunker until 24 April 1945.[citation needed]

He died at Überlingen in 2004.


  • Hans Georg Hiller von Gaertringen (Hrsg.): Das Auge des Dritten Reiches. Hitlers Kameramann und Fotograf Walter Frentz. Deutscher Kunstverlag, München 2006, ISBN 3-422-06618-7
  • Yves le Maner & André Sellier: Bilder aus Dora. Zwangsarbeit im Raketentunnel 1943-1945. Westkreuz-Verlag, Berlin/Bonn 2001, ISBN 3-929592-59-2

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