I am doing a dissertation on how far Jud suss and Ewige Jude can be considered to be propaganda. Any advice or help would be appreciated but really I was wondering if you could help me get in touch with someone who saw these films or at least one of them when it came out and their personal reaction to it. Thankyou for your time and help.
Harry W. Mazal OBE Responds:I am one of the persons in the Holocaust History Project that responds to questions from our viewers. It is possible that you will receive other responses from my colleagues.
You will find a powerful analysis of "Der ewige Jew" written by our regrettably deceased colleague, Stig Hornshoj Mueller at:
The very first paragraph in the essay answers your question:
"Der ewige Jude ("The Eternal Jew") is the most famous Nazi propaganda film. It was produced at the insistence of Joseph Goebbels, under such active supervision that it is effectively his work. It depicts the Jews of Poland as corrupt, filthy, lazy, ugly, and perverse: they are an alien people which have taken over the world through their control of banking and commerce, yet which still live like animals. "
You will also find a number of useful links in the essay including a frame-by-frame analysis of the film. You will also find a link to information on Jud Suss. Another essay by our colleague has information that you might find useful:
Read the Preface for an excellent analysis.
A few useful links referring to Jud Suss and Nazi propagands techniques are:
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