June 26, 2013
Did Hollywood Heil Hitler?
In a twisted tale that could be called Confessions of a Nazi Scholar comes a shocking revelation that Hollywood’s association with Hitler’s Third Reich may have been much closer and more collaborative than previously known.
According to a new book by historian Ben Urwand, a member of Harvard University’s Society of Fellows, Hollywood actively collaborated with Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler in order to assure their stronghold in the German film market.
According to the New York Times:
The disturbingly cozy relationship, which included a postwar Rhine cruise for Jack Warner on Hitler’s yacht, was mutually beneficial: Hollywood sustained its overseas profit and Hitler exploited the film industry’s international influence.
In the 1930s, “Hollywood is not just collaborating with Nazi Germany,” Urwand told the Times. “It’s also collaborating with Adolf Hitler, the person and human being.”
First reported by University of Houston professor David Mimics in Tablet, the notion that the Hollywood studio heads of the WWII era -- most of whom were Jewish -- were secretly ingratiating themselves with Hitler’s regime is an alarming disclosure that threatens to upend Hollywood's Jewish legacy.
According to the Times:
Urwand reportedly stumbled into this research while in graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. His first clue was finding an interview with the screenwriter Budd Schulberg that mentioned a meeting between Louis B. Mayer and a German consul in Los Angeles. Soon after that, he was researching his dissertation topic in the German state archives in Berlin, where he found “a January 1938 letter from the German branch of 20th-Century Fox asking whether Hitler would share his opinions on American movies...”
It was signed “Heil Hitler!”