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A Club of Their OwnJewish Humorists and the Contemporary World$
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Eli Lederhendler and Gabriel N. Finder

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190646127

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190646127.001.0001

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Ben Urwand, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013. 327 pp.

Ben Urwand, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013. 327 pp.

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Ben Urwand, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013. 327 pp.
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A Club of Their Own
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Ofer Ashkenazi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190646127.003.0020

This chapter reviews Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler, which deals with how the American film industry kept silent about the demise of German democracy, the rise of the Third Reich, the Nazi persecution of Jews, and the outbreak of the Second World War. The book attempts to explain this apparent policy of negligence, illustrating a complicated network of individuals, agencies, and interests that enabled and upheld it. Urwand argues that Hollywood studios were not slow to recognize the meaning of Nazism but rather chose to overlook it—they “put profit above principle in their decision to do business with the Nazis.”

Keywords:   Ben Urwand, American film industry, Germany democracy, Third Reich, Nazis, Jews

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