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Jud Süß (1940)

| Drama | 1941 (Italy)
Infamous anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda historical drama about Duke Karl Alexander of Württemberg and his treasurer Süß Oppenheimer.


Veit Harlan


Veit Harlan (screenplay), Wolfgang Eberhard Möller (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ferdinand Marian ... Joseph Süß Oppenheimer
Kristina Söderbaum ... Dorothea Sturm / Faber
Heinrich George ... Karl Alexander, Herzog von Württemberg
Werner Krauss ... Rabbi Loew / Levy - Oppenheimers Sekretär / Schächter Isaak / seniler Alte (as Werner Krauß)
Eugen Klöpfer ... Landschaftskonsulent Sturm
Albert Florath Albert Florath ... Obrist Röder
Malte Jaeger Malte Jaeger ... Aktuarius Faber
Theodor Loos ... Franz Joseph Freiherr von Remchingen
Hilde von Stolz ... Herzogin von Württemberg
Else Elster ... Luziana
Walter Werner Walter Werner ... Herr Fiebelkorn
Jakob Tiedtke ... Konsistorialrat
Otto F. Henning Otto F. Henning ... Vorsitzender des Gerichts (as Otto Henning)
Emil Heß Emil Heß ... Schmied Hans Bogner
Charlotte Schultz Charlotte Schultz ... Frau Fiebelkorn


In this notorious Nazi propaganda historical costume melodrama, a conniving, ambitious Jewish businessman, Süß Oppenheimer, snares a post as treasurer to the Duke of Wurttemburg by showering the corrupt duke with treasure and promises of even greater riches. As the Jew's schemes grow more elaborate and his actions more brazen, the dukedom nearly erupts into civil war. Persuaded by the Jew, the Duke all but scuttles the constitution and alienates the assembly by lifting the local ban on Jews in Stuttgart. In a final outrage, the Jew rapes a wholesome German girl and tortures her father and fiancée. When the Duke succumbs to a sudden heart attack, the assembly of Elders try the Jew and sentence him to death for having "carnal knowledge of a Christian woman". Written by Kevin Rayburn <kprayb01@gwise.louisville.edu>

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Joseph Goebbels' malevolent masterpiece.




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Werner Krauss, who played Rabbi Loew, wanted to sabotage the movie by offering to play additionally more minor Jewish roles, knowing that Joseph Goebbels hated double-casting. He hoped that he would be dismissed from the movie. However Goebbels liked the idea, because this would be a way for him to show that all Jewish characters came from the same source. Finally Krauss played 5 additional minor roles in the movie. See more »


In the movie Oppenheimer is leasing streets and is raising many new taxes. In real life he was creating fortune for the state of Württemberg by leasing the "Stuttgart State Coin", made lottery games and helped in justice problems. See more »


Joseph Süß Oppenheimer: I would like to know, if you can recomend me a nice inn.
Aktuarius Faber: In the residenz Stuttgart there aren't any jew hostels.
Joseph Süß Oppenheimer: [quietly] My compliment to you human knowledge, sir.
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Diabolical History
16 March 2001 | by JWXSee all my reviews

All past comments about this notorious film have been proved correct: it IS rancid, fetid, despicable. The reasons why this film was made are equally above-board: Nazi Germany's number one goal was to descredit Jews the world over by propanganda so vile as to make the average person denounce Jews as vermin to be exterminated. It is said that when _Jud Suess_ was shown, crowds of people would set themselves wildly on Jews in the streets. That Veit Harlan, who as an actor and artist always showed a certain elegance, should have anything to do with this film (and as the director he had quite a lot to do with it), is amazing. One cannot forget that being assigned films had more to do with commands than with choice; nevertheless, he should have been leery of the project that was said to vie with _Der Ewige Jude_ as the start of the campaign of racial genocide.

A final tip when viewing _Jud Suess_: Pay close attention to Ferdinand Marian's diabolical portrayal of Suess Oppenheimer. In mannerisms, the easy refinity, the worldliness, the dropping of a bon mot, the wily insouciance of the "Jew" of yesteryears' imagination; it is all caught on celluloid Agfa film. Ferdinand Marian later committed suicide, said to be because of his remorse about his "greatest" acting role.

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Release Date:

1941 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Jew Süss See more »

Filming Locations:

Lublin, Poland See more »

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Terra-Filmkunst See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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