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Commentary: Leni and Eddie

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Commentary: Leni and Eddie

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Commentator Andrei Codrescu muses on the deaths of two figures of 20th century history who died this week: Leni Riefenstahl, the German filmmaker who captured images of Adolf Hitler that shaped the dictator's propaganda image, and Edward Teller, the Hungarian Jew who was considered the father of the H-bomb. Both lived to a ripe old age. They survived, says Codrescu, in part because the things they created didn't ruin our lives.