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Jews Playing Nazis in Hollywood Films - The Ultimate Irony?

Part of the Wiener Library/Leo Baeck Institute FilmTalk Lecture Series, 'Jews, Nazis, Hollywood'.

During World War II, many Jewish actors exiled in Hollywood portrayed the very people who had driven them into exile. This lecture discusses how anti-Nazi films offered German-speaking exiled actors the chance to get work and analyses their reactions to playing Nazis. The lecture will draw on a number of actors who wrote about their acting. Film examples include Man Hunt (1941), Lifeboat (1944) and Enemy of Women (1944).


Dr Joseph Garncarz | talks


Date and Time:

18 February 2010 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
020 7636 7247

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