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)
Charles Chaplin ... Himself (1931) (archive footage)
Albert Einstein ... Einstein (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself - Speaking at Reichstagssitzung (archive footage)
Fritz Kortner Fritz Kortner ... Dimitri Karamasoff (archive footage)
Peter Lorre ... Hans Beckert (archive footage)
Ernst Lubitsch ... Himself (archive footage)
Rosa Luxemburg Rosa Luxemburg ... Herself (archive footage)
Mona Maris ... Herself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Léon Blum Léon Blum ... Himself (archive footage)
Kurt Gerron ... (archive footage)
Leslie Hore-Belisha Leslie Hore-Belisha ... Himself (archive footage)
Emil Ludwig Emil Ludwig ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Oswald Richard Oswald ... Himself (archive footage)
Walther Rathenau Walther Rathenau ... Himself (archive footage)
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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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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

28 November 1940 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Az örök zsidó See more »

Filming Locations:

Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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 Jews are a people without farmers or workers: a race of parasites. Where the body of a nation shows a wound, they anchor themselves and feed on the decaying organism. They make business out of the sickness of the nations, and therefore endeavor to deepen and prolong all conditions of sickness. That's how it is in Poland, and how was in Germany. The Jews have been this way throughout their entire history. Their faces bear the age-old features of the perpetual sponger: the eternal Jew.
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Referenced in Uprising (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccata und Fuge in D-Moll
BWV 565
by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Raw cruelty on film.
7 February 2003 | by Jordan_HaelendSee all my reviews

A film used to "educate" the German public on the "danger" allegedly posed by the Jews, this film does all it can to paint Jews as subhuman (or better, anti-human) monstrosities.

Randall Bytwerk points-out in his biography of Nazi leader Julius Streicher (an excellent book which is much more about anti-Jewish propaganda techniques than it is a biography) that it was impossible for the Nazis to actually make the mass of Germans actively hate their Jewish fellow citizens. Bytwerk argues that the propaganda machinery focused on the idea of making Jews seem so wretched, disgusting and hateful that they would appear to be beings simply not worth caring about. This film, it seems to me, takes that as its motivation.

There is one interesting moment that hurts the filmmakers' cause: the camera panning over the crowds in the ghetto, when a group of Jewish youngsters are shown plainly trying to look over one another's shoulders and heads, grinning at the camera. Such moments would remind the average person that these were plainly people like anyone you might know.

Overall, however, the Berlin Gestapo reported that audience reaction to this film was "highly favorable," particularly the scenes equating Jews with disease-spreading rodents.


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