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The idea of Hollywood collaborating to hide Nazi crimes and Anti-semitism is intriguing.
But this book tries way to hard to connect the dots.
The performance is interesting, especially the accents for the Germans, but it wouldn't have hurt without the accents.
It's not that interesting.
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I enjoyed this book, it answered some questions I've always had about why most of the Hollywood films from the pre World War 2 era always stop short in covering the powder keg in what would eventually become the second World War. The feeling I got from this book is that in the end, the major motion picture studios were only going along to get along so that they could keep making what was the only thing important to them and that is "SPOILER ALERT" MONEY, the studio heads definitely were not Nazi sympathizers, they were just trying not to offend the Nazi government so that they could continue to show their movies in Germany and continue their revenue stream. and it's a problem we are still dealing with today whenever money is involved people won't always do the right thing.
Hollywood and Hitler may seem like strange bedfellows but during the thirties they seemed to have a stormy courtship - money motivating Hollywood and madness motivating Hitler.
Ben Urwand has written a very thoroughly researched piece of work which also has the added bonus of being readable and accessible to the general public. It will certainly stimulate you to ask questions about how far the authorities not only in the States but elsewhere in the world knew what was happening to the Jews in Europe. Urwand takes a critical look at how the movie industry was driven by financial gains but he also shows that other motivations were at work on the allied side in their silence over the camps. He reveals how the Jewish lobbies in the States were also divided.
Some reviewers have criticised him for his seeming condemnation of Hollywood but I felt he recounted the facts without being overly emotional or prejudiced in his approach. Mind you some of the negative reviews came from authors writing on a similar subject so they may have had a vested interest!
The narrator is excellent and he does accents particularly well.
Whether you agree with the author or not you will certainly not be indifferent to the subject and no doubt will want to know more.
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