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Die Rothschilds (1940)

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.


Erich Waschneck


Mirko Jelusich (story), C.M. Köhn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erich Ponto ... Mayer Amschel Rothschild
Carl Kuhlmann Carl Kuhlmann ... Nathan Rothschild
Albert Lippert Albert Lippert ... James Rothschild
Ludwig Linkmann Ludwig Linkmann ... Leib Herch - Mayer Amschels Faktotum
Hans Stiebner Hans Stiebner ... Bronstein - Nathans Agent
Bruno Hübner Bruno Hübner ... Ruthworth - Nathans Agent
Herbert Hübner ... Turner - Banker
Albert Florath Albert Florath ... Bearing - Banker
Hilde Weissner ... Sylvia - Turners Gattin
Gisela Uhlen ... Phyllis - Bearings Tochter
Herbert Wilk Herbert Wilk ... George Crayton
Waldemar Leitgeb Waldemar Leitgeb ... Lord Wellington
Walter Franck Walter Franck ... Herries - Oberkommissar des englischen Schatsamtes
Bernhard Minetti Bernhard Minetti ... Fouché - Herzog von Otranto, Napoleons Polizeiminister
Hans Leibelt ... König Ludwig XVII von Frankreich


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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Release Date:

17 July 1940 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rothschildok részvényei Waterlooban See more »

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Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Nathan Rothschild's gold deals began in 1809, not in 1806 as showed in the movie. See more »


Edited into Deutschland, erwache! (1968) See more »

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A different slant on the Rothschilds
2 July 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The best way to view The Rothschilds from Nazi Germany is to view this side by side with 20th Century Fox's House Of Rothschild that starred George Arliss as Nathan Rothschild. In many ways this is the same story and seeing both films can tell you a great deal about the medium of film and its value for propaganda when you tell the same story, but slant it differently.

In the American version the Rothschild family is shown as canny business people, but patriots who staked their personal fortunes on the outcome of the Napoleonic Wars and that final Battle Of Waterloo. They faced the anti-Semitic prejudice and triumphed. The same prejudice that Joe Goebbels and the German film industry was trying to spread.

The Rothschild sons go to different parts of Europe in both films and Carl Kuhlman playing Nathan Rothschild here is working for a consortium of Jews looking to make those profits no matter how things turn out. The plot could have been taken from The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion, it's that vicious.

The British themselves are shown as a bunch of greedy speculators anyway and the French don't really deserve a guy like Napoleon Bonaparte running things. The saviors of Europe were of course the Prussians. They certainly arrive in the nick of time to insure victory for the Duke Of Wellington in real life. But overall their performance in the Napoleonic Wars wasn't all that great.

Note that the film's release came on July 17, 1940. The end of the film had a coda saying that the Rothschilds and their Jewish agents are all refugees from Europe now, but we still have to deal with those left in Great Britain. That's about the time Mr. Hitler did start dealing with the British home land in his usual fashion.

The Rothschilds, a great example of Hitler's use of film to fan anti- Semitism. Getting rid of these Jews and their evil practices, it's what our crusade is all about.

You can't watch this film without a shudder.

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