The Hollywood Reporter’s Best Stories of the Week
MGM, Paramount and 20th-Century Fox did not leave Germany until mid-1940. But even after Hollywood started making anti-Nazi films, it continued to erase reference to the Jews because studio chiefs, including Jewish refugees, wanted to ‘avoid special pleading on their behalf’. Urwand said studio bosses could not claim ignorance of the atrocities being carried out against the Jews because they had been forced to fire Jewish employees. Bible inscribed by Albert Einstein who once called the holy text ‘pretty childish’ fetches $68,500 in NYC auction ‘Hollywood is collaborating and the Nazis are having the final say on several important movies that would have exposed what was going on in Germany,’ he said. He added: ‘I wouldn’t want what I write to be generalisable about Jews, but specific Jews in the movie business made decisions to work with Nazi leaders.’ Urwand, whose Jewish grandparents went into hiding in the war, added: ‘It was [Jack] Warner who personally ordered that the word Jew be removed from all dialogue in the 1937 film The Life of Emile Zola”.” Censor: Propaganda minister Goebbels talks to the Hitler Youth in Berlin in 1935 He told the New York Times Warner’s studio was the first to invite Nazi officials to Los Angeles to suggest cuts.
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