Rumor: Hollywood collaborated with the Nazis

Screen grab of The Hollywood Reporter edition with 'How Hollywood Helped Hitler' cover theme.

Did the movie industry really seek approval from the regime of Adolf Hitler as a new book from a Harvard historian claims?

UNCONFIRMED: Though a new, deeply researched book says it did

Ben Urwand has apparently done what no historian has previously been able to do: Draw not just one but many substantial links between 1930s Hollywood and the Nazi Germany regime of Adolf Hitler.

Urwand's revelations were first revealed in a June issue of online monthly Tablet. According to The New York Times, "that the German government meddled in the film industry during Hollywood's so-called golden age has long been known to film historians ... But Mr. Urwand, 35, offers the most stinging take by far, drawing on material from German and American archives to argue that the relationship between Hollywood and the Third Reich ran much deeper — and went on much longer — than any scholar has so far suggested."

As The Hollywood Reporter points out, studios allegedly played ball with the Nazi regime because "before World War I, the German market had been the world's second largest, and even though it had shrunk during the Great Depression, [they] believed it would bounce back." Urwand's book will be out in October.

 

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