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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)
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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Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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This film states that Charlie Chaplin was a Jew. In reality, he was raised Anglican and later professed to be Agnostic. When asked if he was Jewish, he reportedly said, "I do not have such an honor". 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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Featured in Heil Hitler! Confessions of a Hitler Youth (1991) See more »

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Toccata und Fuge in D-Moll
BWV 565
by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Shocking, fascinating and a documentary of object than the subject
18 January 2003 | by rolf_ernstSee all my reviews

Admittedly the most racist (and at that best produced given the limitations of its time), this move captivates from the first time it talks about the 'observations of Jews taken in their burrows in Poland'. This movie is in German and I am not aware of a subtitled version in English (and even the German version needs technical improvement to be comprehensible).

This is a historical document, no doubt. It is not a document of the Jews of the time but of the producers and the powers to be of that time. As such it is more than a tad enlightening.

The Nazis were masters at mass-manipulation without so much as an agenda, but when they latched onto something they sure wouldn't let go. It seems almost by chance that the Jews became victims of their bizarre ideology; but then anti-semitism had quite a breeding gound in Eastern Europe for half a decade before Hitler's time.

What makes this movie so chilling is that it *does* have an emotional impact on you - whether you like it or not. When the movie goes to ridicule Einstein as a Zionist (which he never was) I was (almost) taken by it.

This movie is dangerous. It is the quintessential counterpart to the 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion' (a book/novel produced apparently in Russia at a time beforehand to discredit the Jew). It is evil propaganda at its best.

Its not Hollywood, its bad quality, its German only (although I understand a subtitled DVD copy will enter circulation) but when you hear Hitler end his Reichstagssitzung with the words that 'if Jewry will not join civilized nations instead of bringing about WW II they will be exterminated' you sure know which way the wind blows.

Wait for the subtitled copy if you don't speak German and wait to see hatred, insanity and bizarre politpropaganda come to life. This movie is intense (some truly disturbing scenes) but much more at what it says about the (unfocused) ideology of the holocaust than any statement it might make about Jewish lifestyle, tradition and culture.


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