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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Academia and Angry Debate Over Hollywood and the Third Reich

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a brewing academic debate in which Harvard University Press finds itself under attack for its publication of Ben Urwand's The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact With Hitler. In the book, Dr. Urwand maintains that major studios allowed the Nazi regime to influence the making of films during the period. Critics such as David Denby have questioned the book's research and conclusions, but others support at least some of his writing. CHE notes that the book follows on the publication of Thomas Doherty's Hollywood and Hitler: 1933-1939 from Columbia University Press, which also examines the relationship between the studios and the Hitler regime.  More on Dr. Urwand's book here from the Washington Post.

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