Hollywood and the Holocaust – Final Update

I have finally completed my research and am now putting the final editing touches on my paper and citing all my sources. It’s interesting and encouraging to reflect back on when I first was deciding what I wanted to research and now. I have learned a lot about what motivated the Hollywood Jews and the complexity of making films in such a tumultuous time. It had been fascinating to see the nuances and all the subtle things that strongly influenced the filmmakers of this time period.

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Hollywood and the Holocaust – Update 2

I have now completed my research (for the most part) and have begun to write my research paper. I’ve decided to change my focus a little bit since I last posted. While much of my paper will focus on Jewish studio heads, such as the Warner Brothers, who made anti-Nazi films, I also wanted to highlight the work of others involved in the film industry, such as screenwriter Ben Hecht (who produced the We Will Never Die Pageant), Carl Laemmle (who sent money and affidavits to Jewish refugees), and actress Hedy Lamarr (who invented radio frequency hopping technology). I thought it would be important to showcase how different people found different ways to help their people and fight against Hitler. Additionally, I have decided not to research the DEFA (German) films. While I think this would be really fascinating, I just think it would take my paper on too much of a tangent away from what the Jewish studio heads actually did.

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Hollywood & the Holocaust – Update 1

In the past week or so I have begun preliminary research for my paper. At this point I am primarily just searching databases and websites for organizations such as The United States Holocaust Museum.

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Hollywood and the Holocaust: The Influence of Jewish Filmmakers in World War 2

The film industry exerts an enormous influence over us. Movies have the potential to greatly influence how we view issues, whether or not we sympathize with others, and what we do about problems. In the 1930s and 1940s, as America rested on the brink of World War 2, Hollywood had the opportunity to influence national sentiment towards the war. Given that many of the studio owners were Jewish, the industry likely had a different perspective than those in the government who turned away refugees and ignored information about the Holocaust.

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