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The Eternal Jew (1940)

Der ewige Jude (original title)
Under the guise of a brutally honest documentary, this malevolent propaganda film aims to be an "indispensable tool in the hands of the Aryan race", designed to depict the "true" Jew when the masks of western civilisation fall off.


Fritz Hippler




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


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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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 »


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 »


Narrator: For the Jew there's but one value: money. How he gets it makes no difference.
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Toccata und Fuge in D-Moll
BWV 565
by Johann Sebastian Bach
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The most vile piece of cinematic garbage ever made
17 November 1999 | by JMartin-2See all my reviews

We watched this film in history class as an example of Nazi racial ideology. The fact that they were somehow able to stretch Hitler's braindead axiom -- summed up in his speech at the film's close, where he prophesizes the destruction of the European Jews -- to an hour-plus-long-film is amazing. There is not a single truth to be found here; even the film's explanation of the migration of Jews into Europe (something a first-year anthropology student can figure out) is distorted, while pseudo-scientific figures are used in an attempt to justify the obviously unjustifiable. Many parts would be hilarious, in a sort of camp, paranoid, "Reefer Madness"-type way, if not for the fact that the German people swallowed this garbage hook, line and sinker and stood by idly while their leaders carried out the genocide of millions of innocents. Many snippets are almost deliciously ironic in retrospect -- for example, the bit attacking Einstein's Jewish "pseudo-science" (a peculiar allegation, seeing how desperate the Nazis were to recruit his aid) and another slamming the Jewish actor Peter Lorre and his film "M" (Lorre was Hitler's favorite actor, and "M" his favorite film). From a cinematic perspective, the film is dull and hackneyed, even by 1940 "documentary" standards. It should be said that the movie is darkly fascinating (in the same sense as, say, a bad car wreck), but the only legitimate reason for its existence is to illustrate the evil yet idiotic nature of Nazism.

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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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1.37 : 1
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