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German TV documentary film on antisemitism (reel 1)

Film | Accession Number: 2001.359.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3310 | Film ID: 2506A

The opening credits list the countries from which documents from the film have been obtained. The first scene shows a man running through the woods, followed by men in Nazi uniforms, who shoot and kill him. The Nazis remove the dead man's passport: close-up on the "J" which indicates he was a Jew. This "J" becomes the "J" in the title of the film. The first part of the film provides a biography of Globke. The filmmakers use footage of early Nazi leaders (including Goering and Goebbels) and documents signed by Globke to make the point that he was in league with the Nazis from early on. Globke was a devout Catholic and member of the Zentrumspartei, which was dissolved by the Nazis in 1933. A fellow member of the Zentrumspartei, Dr. Klausener, was shot by the Nazis in his office, while Globke was named to the Oberregierungsrat by Goering. A hidden hand pages through Globke's file to find the answers behind his success in the Nazi government. Documents show that in December 1932, before Hitler came to power, Globke signed a decree forbidding Jews to change their names in order to hide their Jewish origins.

Film Title
Aktion J
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Stiftung Deutsches Rundfunk
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