The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival presents:
The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler
In conversation with Jenna Weissman Joselit
Tickets: $12, Discounted Member, Senior, Student $10, Federal Employee $6
**Advance registration closed. Limited tickets may be available on a standby, first-come, first-serve basis at 7:30pm.**
Jenna Joselit interviews scholar Ben Urwand about his controversial new book. Urwand tells the astonishing story of Hollywood's dealings with Nazi Germany. Throughout the 1930s Hollywood studies abandoned or changed movies that would have exposed the horrors of Nazism in order to keep the German market open for American films. Urwand draws on a wealth of archival documents—including Hitler's own notes on American movies—to reveal the shocking history of Hollywood's collaboration.
Ben Urwand attended the University of Sydney. He worked in the film industry during and after college, but left it to pursue his PhD in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. He later transferred to the History program at the University of California, Berkeley. Urwand was elected a junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows in 2011.
Jenna Weissman Joselit is the Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies & Professor of History at The George Washington University, where she also directs its Program in Judaic Studies and its MA in Jewish Cultural Arts.
startling and surprising revelations, presented in exemplary fashion, without
any moralizing or sensationalism. The Collaboration shows how Hollywood
and especially the big studios went along with German demands to censor movies
not only before but especially after the Nazi seizure of power.” – Richard J. Evans
More on The Collaboration:
The New York Times: Scholar Asserts that Hollywood Avidly Aided Nazis
Tablet: Hollywood's Creepy Love Affair With Adolf Hitler, in Explosive New Detail
The Washington Post: "The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler," by Ben Urwand
Promotional Sponsors: Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
See the entire Festival line-up here!