Moshe Flinker's Diary Entry on Antisemitic Propaganda Film, December 14, 1942

Entry from the diary of Moshe Flinker from December 14, 1942, in which he describes seeing an antisemitic propaganda film.


December 14, midnight (1942) 

Yesterday I went to the movies with my sister. When I was still in The Hague, before it was occupied by the Germans, I didn’t go to the cinema much.  After the Germans had been in Holland for some time, they forbade the Jews to go to the cinema. Then they began showing anti-Semitic films. I wanted very much to see these movies, but I didn’t dare, because my identity card was stamped “J” for Jew, and I could have been asked to show my papers at any time, and for such an offense I could have been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. But here, in Belgium, where I am not registered  as a Jew, I can go to the movies. In any case, there is not the same strictness here. When we arrived, only the anti-Semitic cinema proprietors had notices posted in front denying entrance to Jews. Now, however, in front of every theater is posted: “By order of the Germans, entrance to Jews is forbidden.”

Even so I went to see the film Jud Süss.1 What I saw there made my blood boil. I was red in the face when I came out. I realized there the wicked objectives of these evil people--how they want to inject the poison of anti-Semitism into the blood of gentiles. While I was watching the film I suddenly remembered what the evil one [Hitler] had said in one of his speeches: “Whichever side wins the war, anti-Semitism will spread and spread  until the Jews are no more.” In that film I saw the means he is using to achieve his aim. [...] One thing I know [is] if we are not saved now by some miracle from heaven, then our end is as sure as I am sitting here. For not only the body of Israel is being attacked, but also its spirit. The Jews are being made so hateful to the world that nothing that anyone can do will be able to undo his work, [...]2

Source

[1] Jud Süss was an anti-Semitic propaganda film, released in Germany in September 1940, which depicted the alleged moral and financial misdeeds of Joseph Süss-Openheimer, the Jewish advisor to Duke Karl Alexander of Wurttemburg. By focusing on the “typically Jewish” characteristics of greed and immorality as they manifested themselves in the “Jew Süss,” the film was intended to present a historical basis and justification for the anti-Jewish legislation of the Nazi regime.  Alexandra Zapruder, Salvaged Pages (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002, p. 458, fn #12.)

[2] Alexandra Zapruder, ed., Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, 2nd edition (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) 106.

Topic:
Holocaust
Place:
Netherlands

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