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The Eternal Jew (1940)
"Der ewige Jude" (original title)

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The Jews of Poland (invaded by Germany in 1939) are depicted as filthy, evil, corrupt, and intent on world domination. Street scenes are shown prejudicially, along with clips from Jewish ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Curt Bois ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Himself (1931) (archive footage)
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Einstein (archive footage)
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Himself - Speaking at Reichstagssitzung (archive footage)
Fritz Kortner ...
Dimitri Karamasoff (archive footage)
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Hans Beckert (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
Rosa Luxemburg ...
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Mona Maris ...
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Max Reinhardt ...
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Richard Tauber ...
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The Jews of Poland (invaded by Germany in 1939) are depicted as filthy, evil, corrupt, and intent on world domination. Street scenes are shown prejudicially, along with clips from Jewish cinema of the day and photos of Jewish celebrities, while the narrator "explains" the Jewish problem. The climax and resolution of the film is Hitler's 1939 announcement that the Jewish race will meet its "annihilation" (Vernichtung). Written by Jamie McCarthy <jamie@mccarthy.org>

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28 November 1940 (Germany)  »

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Ein Filmbeitrag zum Problem des Weltjudentums  »

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The scene at the end of M (1931) in which Peter Lorre, as a child murderer, is judged by a jury of other criminals was added to this film because Lorre is Jewish and Adolf Hitler felt that this "proved" the criminal mind of the Jew. See more »

Goofs

The film refers to rats as spreaders of leprosy, which is incorrect. Leprosy is transmitted by droplets exhaled from the nose, and the only known animal vectors are armadillos and primates. See more »

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Narrator: The Torah scroll is rolled to the place to be read. What sort of "truths" does it teach?
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Toccata und Fuge in D-Moll
BWV 565
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Perhaps the most effective propaganda movie ever made.
20 April 2003 | by (Aarhus, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Looking away from the content, and seen strictly as a movie whose purpose is propaganda and instilling hatred and dislike of jews, this movie did it's job very well.

If you see this movie as a document of the general atmosphere at that time (60 years ago, already dislike of jews in NS-Germany, lower educational level among the public in general, etc.) you can easily imagine how effective it was.

As an illustration of the atmosphere in prewar, nazi-Germany for the historically interested, this movie is a good document.




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