Veit Harlan's Jud Süß and Fritz Hippler's Der Ewige Jude
These eleven infamous anti–Semitic film posters are amongst the very rarest ones we have unearthed over the years (other top rarities include Blutendes Deutschland, Der Marsch zum Führer, Ritter's GPU, his Kadetten, Die Degenhardts, the two Dorf im roten Sturms, both Riefenstahl Czech Olympia posters, and all the Ohm Krügers.....but in fact all the posters shown are very rare).
A 1944 photograph of Director Veit Harlan and his wife, actress Kristina Söderbaum, four years after filming Jud Süß together, and before the post-war retribution and two show trials were instigated –– the first time in history that a film director was judicially charged with "crimes against humanity," despite post–war film school darling Sergei Eisenstein never having been similarly charged. His 1929 Soviet film The Old and the New (also known as The General Line) implicitly endorsed the murder of millions of innocent Kulaks through planned starvation, Red Terror and Gulag deportations.
The small Belgian Jud Süß with the sickly yellow/greenish head of Joseph Süß is a close copy of its famous contemporary 1940 Bruno Rehak German original. The original censorship (postage-like) stamps are still intact. This poster was purchased from a private individual in France in the 1990s. The large Italian Suss L'ebreo poster is a unique design. The poster itself in over five feet long and would have been used as a cinema lobby poster. It was won at a public action in Turino, Italy in 2007 and was originally in a film archive. The second Italian poster, size 70cm X 100cm, has a different motif. The two French Le juif Suss are both small 60 cm X 80 cm (A1) sized: one poster came from a dispersed private French collection in 2007 and was placed on the market in Paris in 2010 and the second one with the Janus face was acquired in January 2016. The Czech (formerly Böhmen–Mähren) Jud Süß poster is 95 cm x 31 cm -- the standard "daybill" type format, and was bought in February, 2013. Other posters from this collection also were sourced for the Gillespie Collection between 2007 and 2010. The Gillespie Collection also has 30 original Jud Süß B&W film stills and two very rare colour A4-sized window-box film sheets of scenes from this film.
The infamous yellow and black Der ewige Jude poster was found rolled and hidden behind a large piece of furniture in eastern Germany some fifty years after WWII. It had lain there untouched and unknown to the family for decades. Had it been discovered by the Red Army in 1945 the family would have been shot. It was sold to a major poster collector in West Germany, Japanese-paper-backed to remove the severe creasing and fold lines, and then traded for other posters through a Berlin agency in 2003, when it was then offered privately to us. This is one of the only originals of this poster in private hands. We acquired the second original German poster design in 2017; which uses the Star of David and evil-looking Jewish faces as the over-arching image. The Collection also has eight ultra–rare original 24 cm X 30 cm double–weight stills from this film, all with the film's title and the " D F G " (Deutsche Filmherstellungs- und -Verwertungs- GmbH, Berlin) film production company logo, and the Reichs eagle with swastika embossed censorship mark. Here is one of the eight film stills in the Collection: