Jew Süss
1940

Jew Süss

Jud Süß (Original Title)

In this notorious Nazi propaganda historical costume melodrama, a conniving, ambitious Jewish businessman, Suess Oppenheimer, snares a post as treasurer to the Duke of Wurttemburg by showering the corrupt duke with treasure and promises of even greater riches. As the Jew's schemes grow more elaborate and his actions more brazen, the dukedom nearly erupts into civil war. Persuaded by the Jew, the Duke all but scuttles the constitution and alienates the assembly by lifting the local ban on Jews in Stuttgart. In a final outrage, the Jew rapes a wholesome German girl and tortures her father and fiancee. When the Duke succumbs to a sudden heart attack, the assembly of Elders try the Jew and sentence him to death for having "carnal knowledge of a Christian woman."

Additional materials
Historical Background Slide Show

Original promotional materials

Jew Suss, 1934

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Probably one of the greatest movies ever. Ferdinand Marian gives an amazing multifaceted performance as the cunning but magnetic Suss. He is corrupt, egoistic and does not fear the evil it takes for him to increase his wealth and political power. Think of Sakler’s family (opioids). Heinrich George is brilliant like always. Mesmerizing costumes and filming technique.

I suggested this film to my mother and uncle who are children of holocaust survivors to watch it. They enjoyed it.

Allow me to express a couple of ideas and observations that you are unlikely to find elsewhere.

The main point of the movie is on the 14th minute in a dialog with Jew Suss and Dorothea Sturm:
-Where do you feel most at home?
-At home? Everywhere.
-Everywhere? Have you no homeland?
- I do. The world!
- Nonsense. You must have felt happiest somewhere.

This is so true for a lot of Jews even with Israel in existence. Rootless cosmopolitans (Stalin’s term) and foreign elements having no connection to their birthplace with beliefs that Homeland/Motherland is not where your roots are, nor is it your place of birth but rather where its most comfortable to live at any given moment. This raises serious issues regarding loyalty to the state of birth or residence. I know one can find multiple examples of Jews making sacrifices for their countries of birth, but I think that the overall tendency is to the contrary and the behavior of American Jewry is the proof.

Also, historically some Jews were notorious for disregarding all moral principles while exploiting populations on behalf of local sovereigns. I guess this is following the perplexing interpretation from the Old Testament, where Joseph’s agrarian policies, enriching Pharaoh at the expense of locals, were presented in a positive light. Here is a direct quote from the Humash (page 265): “Joseph’s master plan was to impoverish the Egyptians and make them totally dependent upon the king “. Joseph also instituted Soviet style collective farms in Egypt. This was exactly what Oppenheimer did (besides for collective farms) and it was the main source of hostility towards Jews for centuries.

As to the main accusation against Oppenheimer in the movie regarding seducing and abusing gentile women, its not really necessary to look at his biography in the 18th century. Just look at Weinstein and Epstein. Sound familiar? What about semi-literate shtetl Jews, who founded Hollywood studios and used their positions to abuse and seduce mostly gentile woman…?

Compare and contrast with the Marxist/Jewish production – 1934 Jew Suss. Low production values, gross misrepresentation of historical facts, primitive/cartoonish characters, Jewish stereotypes, etc. Jews are portrayed as noble eternal sufferers and victims. Joseph Oppenhiemer (Jew Suss) is a saint and a selfless hero with minor flaws. Germans are all bad and unsavory characters, like Ukrainians in 1939 Tevya. Personally, I don’t think that the German movie industry have lost anything with Lothar Mendes and Conrad Veidt. But this is only the background. The main point of the movie is the blatant Marxist propaganda that all people should be one nation. It was explicitly stated in the beginning and the end of the movie. By the way, this directly contradicts the Torah.

 

 

 

 

 

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