The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler—how the studios suppressed films about Nazi crimes
By Charles Bogle, wsws.org
The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler, by Ben Urwand, Belknap Press, 2013
In his prologue to The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler, author Ben Urwand observes that the notion of collaboration between Nazi Germany and Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s should “shatter a common idea about Hollywood,” that it was “synonymous with anti-fascism during its golden age.”
Based on considerable research in archives in the US and Germany, Urwand proves indisputably that an agreement between Nazi Germany and Hollywood’s hierarchy did exist and, furthermore, that the film executives’ decision to enter into the pact was rooted in their determination to maintain a presence in the lucrative German market.
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