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Antisemitic Nazi Films

Der Ewige Jude (Eternal Jew) (1940)

Directed by Fritz Hippler. An anti-Semitic propaganda film produced in 1940's Nazi Germany which explores Jewish practices as viewed through the eyes of wartime Germany, presenting them as evil, corrupt and intent on world domination. The climax and resolution of the film is Hitler's 1939 announcement that the Jewish race will meet its "annihilation." (without English subtitles) (partially subtitled in English) Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suß

A documentary film about Veit Harlan, maker of the Nazi propaganda film Jud Suss, and the attitudes of his family members to their father's and grandfather's legacy. Directed by Felix Moeller. 2008. 99 min.
Reviews and articles:
Jones, Kent. "Truth or Consequences." Film Comment, May/Jun2010, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p48-53, 6p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only

Jud Suß (Germany, 1940)

Directed by Veit Harlan. Cast: Ferdinand Marian, Werner Krauss, Henrich George, Kristina Soderbaum. Produced in 1938, but not released until 1940, "Jud Suss" was the film that made the wearing of the Jewish Star of David in Europe mandatory. This is the Nazi version of the novel of the same title by Lion Feuchtwanger. It is based on the real historical character of Josef Suss Oppenheimer who was tax advisor to Karl Alexander during the early 1700's and was publicly executed in Stuttgart for manipulation of state funds.

The Rothschilds' Shares in Waterloo (Die Rothschilds Aktien auf Waterloo) ; (Germany, 1940)

Directed by Erich Waschneck. Cast: Carl Kuhlmann, Hilde Weissner, Gisela Uhler, Erich Ponto. The Rothschilds was the first of three stridently antisemitic movies made in 1940 under the Nazi regime. A purportedly "historical" account of the Rothschild family's rise to fortune, set mostly in Great Britain during the Napoleonic wars, the movie reflected a wildly ambitious racial-political agenda.