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Six clips from an anti-Jewish Nazi propaganda film, Jud Süß

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2009.244.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4858 | Film ID: 2866

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    Six clips from an anti-Jewish Nazi propaganda film, Jud Süß


    01:08:59 to 01:09:29 Opening credits: Eight candles burn in front of a Star of David, then the title of the film and the name of the director, Veit Harlan, appears, among other credits. A man's voice singing a Hebrew prayer accompanies the credits.

    01:09:32 to 01:09:44 The coach carrying the newly coronated Duke of the Duchy of Wuerttemberg, Karl Alexander, drives through the festively decorated town of Stuttgart. The Duke waves to crowds of well-wishers. The year is 1733.

    01:09:47 to 01:10:04 The Jewish district in Frankfurt, where Joseph Suess Oppenheimer lives. Two Jews, an old man and a young woman, look down from a window at another man. The dialogue is not complete but the man in the street refers to the fact that Suess will loan money to the Duke so that the Jews can "take, take, take."

    01:10:07 to 01:10:28 Joseph Suess Oppenheimer, in beard and caftan, closes the door behind the Duke's adviser, who has been sent to ask him for jewels for the Duchess (the adviser does not appear in this clip). Good CU on Suess as he says that he will open the door for the Jews [who are banned from entering the city of Stuttgart]. Brief shot of Suess, now with no beard and wearing courtly clothing, riding in a coach on his way to Stuttgart.

    01:10:31 to 01:10:45 Incomplete clip from the first confrontation between Suess and Faber, Dorothea's fiancé. Faber recognizes immediately that Suess is a Jew and belligerently advises him to leave the city immediately, because Jews are not allowed in Stuttgart. Suess lowers his eyes and congratulates Faber on his ability to recognize his ethnicity. The dialogue in this clip is cut off.

    01:10:48 to 01:11:17 Suess pours coins from a purse onto a desk and says that he would consider himself fortunate to be considered a faithful servant of the Duke. The coins fade into the next scene, where several ballet dancers perform. [The Duke has been denied funding for a ballet by the members of his council, so Suess provides the money in order to strengthen his hold over the Duke].
    Film Title
    Jud Suess
    Production:  1940
    Stuttgart, Germany
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung
    Director: Veit Harlan
    Producer: Otto Lehmann
    Producer: Eberhard Moeller

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    01:08:59:00 to 01:11:17:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2866 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2866 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2866 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2866 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2866 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2866 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2866 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2866 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    This material can only be accessed in a Museum reading room or other on-campus viewing station. There are no additional access restrictions to this material.
    Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung
    Conditions on Use
    Contact Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung at for permission to reproduce and use this film.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased this footage from the Bundesarchiv in December 2008 for use in the special exhibition, "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda."
    The excerpt from R. 1 is a total of 50 meters long. The Bundesarchiv documentation must be checked to confirm that these clips all belong to R. 1.

    Plot synopsis: The newly installed Duke of the Duchy of Wuerttemberg, Karl Alexander (played by Heinrich George), needs money to buy jewels for his wife and to pay for other costly items. He sends his adviser to ask for help from Joseph Suess Oppenheimer (Ferdinand Marian), a Jew who lives in Frankfurt. Suess agrees to help the Duke only if he is allowed to deliver the jewels in person, which he cannot legally do since Jews are barred from entering the city of Stuttgart. The adviser arranges false papers for Suess and Suess shaves his beard and wears courtly clothing. On the way to Stuttgart he meets Dorothea Sturm (Kristina Soederbaum), a Christian girl who is the daughter of the head of the Duke's council and who is betrothed to the council secretary. Little by little Suess gains more power until he convinces the Duke, who is now deeply in debt to Suess, to dissolve the council and allow Suess to do whatever he likes in the name of the Duke. He arrests Dorothea's father and husband and rapes the girl, who drowns herself. The Duke dies of a heart attack, removing the last protection for Suess, who is hanged by the citizens of Stuttgart for defiling an Aryan girl. The Jews, who have been allowed to enter Stuttgart while Suess was in power, are expelled once again. The film has obvious references to Nazi policy and goals.

    This plot summary provides only enough information to make sense of the clips and some key points in the story may be omitted. For further information and analysis of this film see "The Demonic Effect": Veit Harlan's Use of Jewish Extras in Jud Suess (1940) in Holocaust and Genocide Studies 2000 14 (2): 215-241.
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    Film Source
    Bundesarchiv (Germany). Filmarchiv
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 5253
    Source Archive Number: 10320 R1
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:08:26
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