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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.

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Fritz Hippler
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Cast

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 ... 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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Narrator: For the Jew there's but one value: money. How he gets it makes no difference.
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Connections

Featured in Annihilation: Menschenjagd (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccata und Fuge in D-Moll
BWV 565
by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Perhaps the most effective propaganda movie ever made.
20 April 2003 | by showa48See all my reviews

Looking away from the content, and seen strictly as a movie whose purpose is propaganda and instilling hatred and dislike of jews, this movie did it's job very well.

If you see this movie as a document of the general atmosphere at that time (60 years ago, already dislike of jews in NS-Germany, lower educational level among the public in general, etc.) you can easily imagine how effective it was.

As an illustration of the atmosphere in prewar, nazi-Germany for the historically interested, this movie is a good document.


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