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September 25, 1987 - Image 76

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-09-25

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Dreyfus is depicted on this poster by V. Lenepveu as the Mythological
Monster Hydra. The poster is part of an exhibit, "The Dreyfus Affair: Art,
Truth and Justice," appearing at the Jewish Museum in New York.

A Simple 1937 Movie
Warned Of Hitler Evil

LOTHAN- KAHN

Special to The Jewish News

ust 50 years ago this
fall, Warner Brothers
released one of its
"prestige biographies" which
was to have a major impact on
the Jewish and general
population. The Life of Emile
Zola was not really about the
life of the great French
naturalist writer, though its
overall frame would lead the
viewer to believe it was. in-
stead, the bulk of the film
centered on the Dreyfus Case,
truly one of the epoch-making
events in modern Jewish
history.
It was the Dreyfus Case and
the wave_ of hysterical anti-
Semitism that followed in its
wake that reminded Jews
everywhere that the
millenium had not yet arriv-
ed for them, that anti-
Semitism was by no means
dead, and that the optimism
about the Jewish future that
had prevailed in the earlier
19th Century was not
justified in any sense.
When The Life of Emile
Zola premiered admist much
hullabaloo in 1937 another

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period had dawned in which
the spectre of Jew-hatred
loomed large once more.
Hitler had been in power for
four years and his intention
to demolish German Jewry
one way or another had
become increasingly evident.
After moving cautiously in
the early two years of power
— he had harrassed Jews,
driven them out of business
and the professions, and
ordered a boycott against
Jewish stores he started to
move in earnest against Jews
in 1935, when he pro-
mulgated the so-called
Nuremberg Laws. These laws
clearly made second class
citizens of all Jews living in
Germany, deprived them, to
all intents and purposes, of
their livelihood and civic
rights, and paved the way for
later regulations which made
Jews non-human, thus laying
the groundwork for the
holocaust to come.
By 1935, some German
emigres had become working
in Hollywood. Where Jewish-
American film-makers did
perhaps not recognize the
seriousness of the situation,
the emigre writers, directors,
producers called the potential

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