For the better part of this century, anti-Semites have alleged that American Jews have conspired
with their co-religionists to "control" the motion picture industry in the United States.
The assertion that Jews "control" Hollywood, the media, banking and finance, among other things,
is an anti-Semitic canard which dates back more than 70 years to an anti-Jewish campaign waged
in the 1920s by the Dearborn Independent, a long-defunct publication backed by the late
industrialist Henry Ford Sr. The Dearborn Independent had mounted a seven-year
anti-Semitic campaign based on the notorious and fraudulent book, The Protocols of the
Learned Elders of Zion.
In the early years of motion pictures, many so-called "Jew movies" were produced which portrayed Jews as carnal, criminal, usurious, miserly and sly.
(In 1927, and again in 1942, Ford apologized to the American Jewish community for the harm
done by his newspaper's campaign. Since then, the Ford family and the Ford Motor Company have
engaged in numerous projects and endeavors in the public interest that have been supportive of
Jewish concerns.) *
* Further information on Henry Ford, the Dearborn Independent and The Protocols
can be found in the Anti-Defamation League's book A Promise To Keep: A Narrative of the
American Encounter with Anti-Semitism by Nathan C. Belth. A Promise To Keep was
published in hardcover by Times Books in 1979 and republished in paperback by Schocken Books
in 1981 and Wiener Publications Inc. in 1988.
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