The Collaboration




The Museum of Tolerance invites you to

The Collaboration:
Hollywood's Pact with Hitler

An Evening with Author Ben Urwand

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7:00pm

Author Ben Urwand will discuss his new book The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler available October, 2013 from Harvard University Press.

The astonishing story of Hollywood’s dealings with Nazi Germany is told for the first time in a new book: THE COLLABORATION: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler, by Ben Urwand (Belknap Press, an imprint of Harvard University Press: October 14, 2013, hardcover).

Drawing upon a wealth of secret documents that he uncovered during his nine-year-long investigation at archives in Germany and the U.S., Urwand, a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, reveals the complex web of interactions between the American studios and the German government in the 1930s. He found that in order to keep the German market open for their films, the Hollywood studios (mostly headed by Jews) followed the instructions of the Nazi German consul in Los Angeles, abandoning or changing movies that would have exposed the horrors of Nazism and Germany’s persecution of the Jews. The studios that chose to do business with Hitler included MGM, Paramount, Fox, Warner Brothers, United Artists, Universal, and Columbia.

More about Ben Urwand, author of The Collaboration:

Ben became a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows in 2011, and he will hold this position until 2014. While at Harvard, he was awarded a prestigious Milton Grant, which enabled him to complete his research for The Collaboration, which Harvard University Press will publish in October 2013.  Ben intended to pursue a career in the film industry, but he was admitted to the PhD program in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago and he then transferred to the History program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he wrote his dissertation on Hollywood’s dealings with Nazi Germany.

At the University of Sydney won the prize for best history thesis for his work on Steven Spielberg and Schindler’s List

$10 - General Admission


For more information contact Melissa Hooper via email or call (212) 697-1180 ext. 102


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