Saturday, July 25, 2009
Florida Governor Charlie Crist's office now says the Governor actually didn't mean it when he told John Ubele in a letter that he would share the DVD Mr. Uberle had sent with "the people of Florida". The DVD in question? "Jud Suess" (which translates as "The Jew Suess"). The letter was sent out as an automatic thank-you, the signature was automated, and the Governor never saw the missive. The film, whose anti-Semitism was and is well-known, was released in 1940 and was made as anti-Jewish propaganda. For more about the film, see Susan Tegel, Nazis and the Cinema (London: Continuum Books, 2007).