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The Rothschilds (1940)

Die Rothschilds (original title)
Anti-semitic Nazi propaganda "biography" of the Rothschilds, a German Jewish family whose members rose to the top of the European banking community during the Napoleonic era.

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Erich Ponto ...
Carl Kuhlmann ...
Albert Lippert ...
Ludwig Linkmann ...
Leib Herch - Mayer Amschels Faktotum
Hans Stiebner ...
Bronstein - Nathans Agent
Bruno Hübner ...
Ruthworth - Nathans Agent
Herbert Hübner ...
Turner - Banker
Albert Florath ...
Bearing - Banker
Hilde Weissner ...
Sylvia - Turners Gattin
Gisela Uhlen ...
Phyllis - Bearings Tochter
Herbert Wilk ...
George Crayton
Waldemar Leitgeb ...
Walter Franck ...
Herries - Oberkommissar des englischen Schatsamtes
Bernhard Minetti ...
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Anti-semitic Nazi propaganda "biography" of the Rothschilds, a German Jewish family whose members rose to the top of the European banking community during the Napoleonic era.

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17 July 1940 (Germany)  »

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A Rothschildok részvényei Waterlooban  »

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The final title card claims that after the movie was finished the last members of the Rothschild family left Europe. However many members stayed, even in Germany. Theodor Rothschild was managing a orphan's home and a Jewish School in Stuttgart, where he helped other Jews immigrating from Germany, before he was was transported to the concentration camp. Jacob Rothschild, who was born in 1936 and was 4 years old while the movie was done worked for his father Victor's branch "Rothschild and Sons" in London until 1980. And these are just a few examples for this event, hidden in this propaganda movie. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, where Nathan Rothschild is explaining the branches of the Rothschild business in the style of the David Star, a branch in Gibraltar is mentioned. However at that time there was no Rothschild branch in Gibraltar. One place that is not mentioned on the map is the branch in Paris, which was managed James de Rothschild. See more »

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Edited into Germany Awake! (1968) See more »

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Antisemitic propaganda
18 April 2010 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This is one of Nazi Germany's most vicious antisemitic films. It was released in 1940, the most antisemitic year movie-wise throughout the entire Nazi era with Veit Harlan's Jud Süss and Fritz Hippler's and Joseph Goebbels' Der ewige Jude being released later the same year. Die Rothschilds is not nearly as notorious as the other two films but still the antisemitic message is crystal clear. In the final episode the protagonist, Nathan Rothschild, draws lines on an imaginary map of Europe from London to Vienna to Napoli to Frankfurt to Jerusalem to mark cities under Jewish control having thereby drawn the Star of David. As in Jud Süss the film concludes with a written text intended for the German audience of 1940. The text explains that the descendants of the Rothschild family are now on the run away from Europe as refugees (thanks to National Socialism) but that the struggle against Britain continues. Today we know that the Holocaust was initiated in 1941.


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