Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Illustrierter Film-Kurier: Der ewige Jude ["THE ETERNAL JEW"]

Berlin: Vereinigte Verlagsgesellschaften Franke & Co. KG, 1940. First edition. Softcover. Quarto. 8pp. Original photo-illustrated wraps with white lettering on cover. Illustrated promotional supplement of the periodical Illustrierter Film-Kurier in gravure. The 1940 film "Der ewige Jude" is a propaganda documentary about the world Jewry after an idea by Eberhard Taubert.

As part of Goebbels' anti-Semitic strategy this film followed the 1937 art exhibition "Der ewige Jude" in Munich, and the publication of a book in the same year and with the same title, both with derogatory captions asserting the "degenerate Jewish race." Goebbels took an active role in the production of the film and insisted on Fritz Hippler as the director for the film. After the invasion of Poland Goebbels instructed Hippler to send camera crews to Poland to collect footage of Polish Jews. The film starts with an "impressive" foray through the Jewish ghettos in Poland, depicting the Jews in filthy living conditions making a living through profiteering instead of honest work. The footage was manipulated in a way to show the Jews as originating in Palestine and from there flooding the earth, drawing parallels to the way rats spread through new territory, stressing the Jew's ability to adapt to various life styles.

The promotional is illustrated with photomontages depicting Jews from various walks of life, Polish street scenes, a Rabbi holding up a knife, in line with the brutal depiction of a Shechita as the face of Jewry, juxtaposed with gleaming pictures of content German people and thankfulness towards a government willing to solve the "Jewish problem." Text in German. Slight wear along edges, small closed tear at bottom of last page and some minor chipping along edges. Very good condition. Item #46606

Price: $1,000.00

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