The Eternal Jew

According to Wikipedia: “The Eternal Jew (1940) is an antisemitic[1] German Nazi propaganda film,[2] presented as a documentary. It has been characterized as “[s]urely the most hideous success of the anti-Semitic films” made during the Nazi era.[3] The film’s title in German is Der Ewige Jude, the German term for the character of the “Wandering Jew” in medieval folklore. At the insistence of Nazi Germany’s Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, the film was directed by Fritz Hippler. The screenplay is credited to Eberhard Taubert. The film consists of feature and documentary footage combined with materials filmed shortly after the Nazi occupation of Poland. At this time Poland’s Jewish population was about three million, roughly ten percent of the total population. Actor Harry Giese (1903–1991) narrated.”

Here are the bits that grab me.

* “Within ten minutes of the German occupation [of Poland], the Jews return to business.”

* “Untroubled by their surroundings, they go right on with their prayers. The bobbing motion is part of the ritual for reading Jewish scriptures.”

* “The main part of Jewish community life takes place in the street.”

* “For Jews, doing business is something holy. That is something incomprehensible to non-Jews.”

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