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The Anti Semitic Power Of Jud Süß

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Without propaganda the Nazi would not have gotten as far or as powerful as they were. One powerful piece of work was the Nazi film Jud Süß. This is a Nazi propaganda film was released on September 24, 1940 by a Nazi production company named Terra Filmkunst under the order of Joseph Goebbels. For a lot of people this is considered to be one of the most anti-Semitic films that the Nazi’s have ever put into production. I will be going over the overall message of the film and how they go about being anti-Semitic and how powerful this movie actually was for the Nazi party. What went in to this movie and what happened to the actors after the war was over and what was the true power of this anti-Semitic film are a few questions that will be answered in my paper and why this movie was more effective than the other films that were made.
When this movie was first put into production it was actually delayed for quite a while, because Joseph Goebbels, the head of the films production wanted only the best actors for his film and that was proving to be a problem for a period of time. One of the main problems was since during these war times many Jews were being blamed for many of the problems going on and the concern of these was that the people watching this would see and assume that the people playing the Jews on screen are really Jews and that would have put a damper on the films effectiveness and before they would even do it Goebbels had to make an announcement that all of the people in this movie was a true German and not Jewish. Image was crucial to survival in these times. Since the actors in Judd Suss were of such a high caliber they had to be paid really well to appear in this film. One of the main actors that Goebbels wanted in this film was a man named Werner Krauss. Werner Krauss played in many movies in the mid twenty’s to the mid to late forty’s. He was so highly rated in the film industry that Hitler himself named Krauss as a Cultural Ambassador to Germany. To get a title like that from a man like Hitler You must be good at the job you do.
When this film first came out it was well received in the community and the whole of Germany and the best received at the box offices Out of all of the movies produced during this time it was ranked in the top ten best films during this time. Within the 3rd Reich its self it was the most revered movies produced during this time. Before the German troops were sent on their raid against the Jewish people all over Germany, were ordered to watch this to provide them with the boost that they needed and the final confidence that they needed to know what they were doing was right.
I would like to talk about the plot of this truly anti-Semitic film. We are at the beginning of the movie and it opens with the soon to be Duke (Karl Alexander). This man, Karl Alexander, played by (Heinrich George), swore up and down that he would up hold the laws the way a true duke would with honesty and power. Karl is...

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