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Ben Urwand is a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

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Urwand's book details in sometimes shocking fashion how the Hollywood film industry, including studios run by legendary Jewish film moguls such as Louis B Mayer, were willing to pre-screen their films for Nazi officials and remove content they found objectionable.
--Andy Goldberg"Military.com" (08/04/2013)
Urwand is tearing down the popular impression that the 1930s Hollywood community stood united in efforts to combat the Nazi regime. Quite the contrary, says Urwand, whose research reveals a shocking level of collaboration (or "Zusammenarbeit, "i.e. 'working together') between the German government and Tinseltown's studios--many of which were famously headed by Jews..."The Collaboration "depicts a studio system in which films were submitted for approval to aggressive German propaganda officials, who demanded cuts and changes to material deemed 'detrimental to German prestige'--not only to film versions created for the German market, but for the U.S. and countries around the world.
--Lesley M. M. Blume"Vanity Fair online" (08/22/2013)
Urwand's investigation of this dark chapter in the history of the American film industry is as intriguing as it is compellingly told.
--Theis Duelund"Los Angeles Magazine" (09/10/2013)
[A] provocative book.
--Rosemary Neill"The Australian" (09/28/2013)
Urwand's book about how Hollywood conducted business with and within Germany after Hitler's ascent to power is a fascinating examination of capitalist amorality in the face of evil. Urwand does a good job of cataloging the ways Hollywood studios--largely headed by immigrant Jewish entrepreneurs--took measures to placate the Nazis so they could continue to show films in Germany throughout the 1930s, until the Nazi invasion of Poland...Urwand has uncovered a very interesting, heretofore unknown, true Hollywood story.
--Philip Martin"Arkansas Democrat-Gazette" (09/29/2013)
"The Collaboration "expertly dismantles Hollywood's rose tinted view of history, proving it wasn't standing up to fascism as it has claimed, but eagerly appeasing the Nazis so long as the money was coming in.
--Kyle Ryan"A.V. Club" (09/06/2013)"

Impeccably researched and impressively argued, Ben Urwand s gripping volume systematically reveals the way major Hollywood studios were willing to protect their financial interests in the German market by appeasing the Nazi regime. Urwand has unearthed remarkable evidence from archives in Germany and America, confirming that the road to hell was paved with a thousand concessions. Hollywood studios went to astonishing lengths not to offend or upset the Nazi regime. What began with minor adjustments to scripts eventually reached a point where projects that were unsympathetic to Germany s past or critical of the Nazis were simply never made The studios didn t just follow a policy of accommodation they became willing partners with the Nazis to reach an understanding of what could be mutually beneficial to both parties. The book is such a revelation because it goes against the grain of commonly held assumptions Urwand is particularly good at marshalling hard facts and solid evidence that builds into a horrifying indictment of studios that continued to operate in Germany throughout the first eight years of Hitler s rule Even as the full horrors of the Nazi regime became apparent to the world, Hollywood continued to offer the hand of collaboration, a fact all the more ironic considering that many of the studio bosses were Jewish This is a book that challenges every rose-tinted view of Hollywood s Golden Age. It sheds a piercing light on dark deeds and is an invaluable work of political history that has all the page-turning urgency of a thriller.--Allan Hunter"Glasgow Herald" (10/19/2013)"

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