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Neglected creator of ‘Bambi’ celebrated in Vienna show

Salten wrote the iconic and poignant tale of the fawn bereaved of his mother by hunters in 1922 under the title “Bambi: A Life In The Woods”

While the 1942 Disney film “Bambi” is world famous as a classic of animated cinema, the man behind the story — an eminent writer in pre-war Vienna who had to flee the Nazis — is little known. 

“Of course it was made even more famous by the film adaptation in 1942,” Storch told AFP. But by then, “Bambi”, along with the rest of Salten’s work, had been banned because he was Jewish, first in Germany and then in Austria after Hitler’s annexation of the country in 1938.

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