Between 1933 and 1939, representations of the Nazis and the full meaning of Nazism came slowly to Hollywood. Recapturing what ordinary Americans saw on the screen at that time, Thomas Doherty reclaims forgotten films reflecting Hitler's rise to power, such as Hitler's Reign of Terror (1934), I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany (1936), and Professor Mamlock (1938). He also recounts how the disproportionately Jewish backgrounds of the studio executives and the workers on the payroll shaded reactions to what was never simply a business decision. As Europe hurtled toward war, a proxy battle played out in Hollywood over how to conduct business with the Nazis, how to cover Hitler and his victims in the newsreels, and whether to address or ignore Nazism in Hollywood feature films.
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