Collaboration or negotiation?

By ALEXANDER ZVIELLI
February 27, 2014 13:43

A controversial tale of Hitler and Hollywood.




The Hollywood sign

The Hollywood sign. (photo credit:REUTERS)

In The Collaboration – Hollywood’s Pact With Hitler, Ben Urwand, an Australian-born and Chicago-educated scholar and historian, and a junior fellow at Harvard University’s Society of Fellows, claims that the Hollywood film studios reached a secret agreement with Nazis for the censorship of American films shown in Germany.

American films were highly popular in Germany, and more than 60 hit the Berlin screens between 1933 and 1941. According to the Urwand’s thesis, Hollywood studios collaborated with Nazi censorship by negotiating changes in American films, eliminating a few films altogether, and taking the Jewish characters, references and credits out of all of them.

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