Praise for The Collaboration

The Collaboration

“That’s really f*ckin’ interesting.”
Quentin Tarantino

“Urwand draws on a wealth of previously uncited documents to argue that Hollywood studios, in an effort to protect the German market for their movies, not only acquiesced to Nazi censorship but also actively and enthusiastically cooperated with that regime’s global propaganda effort.”
— Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times

“[The] revelations in Ben Urwand’s controversial exposé, The Collaboration, are nothing short of astonishing, going well beyond what was known about Hollywood’s timidity during that era. With damning archival evidence, Urwand argues that the studios, motivated by profits, were reluctant to abandon the German market, where American films were popular and Hitler himself was a fan.”
— Julia M. Klein, The Boston Globe

“Urwand has done some energetic digging in the archives, quoting letters, memos and newspaper reports to uncover a shameful policy of compromise and kowtowing on the part of the studio bosses… They could have supported their own film-makers and helped alert movie-goers everywhere to a genocidal crime, but they didn’t.”
— Anthony Quinn, The Guardian

“Urwand is also to be commended for retaining a sense of the bigger picture, especially in detailing the sustained and callous disregard for the plight of Jewish citizens across Europe… 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, The Herald Scotland

“Urwand keeps the jaw-dropping revelations coming in this damning indictment of the complicity of the major Hollywood studios… Urwand deserves immense credit for this groundbreaking— and truly unique— take on the WWII era.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“A Harvard University fellow offers a keen, unsettling look at the unholy alliance Hollywood made with the Nazis, which allowed both to keep packing movie theaters in Germany up until the outbreak of war… The result of this complicated and slippery relationship, as Urwand depicts with subtlety, was the absolute disappearance from film of Nazis and Jews until the end of the decade.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Unearthing multiple archives on two continents, Urwand chronicles the birth and growth of the major film studios’ craven accommodation toward Nazi Germany throughout the 1930s… The studios’ reason for succumbing to pressure was simple: money.”
— Melvin Bukiet, The Washington Post

“…a controversial book causing a stir in Hollywood for exposing collaboration between the major studios and Nazi Germany in the runup to the second world war…”
— Edward Helmore, The Observer (UK)

“A tremendous piece of work, fully sustained, building momentum charged by thrillingly detailed storytelling, increasing suspense, and a consistent movement from outrages to atrocities, with a stunning conclusion of heroism and tragedy–and it is as well a devastating RIP to what we’ve been told, all down these years, about ‘the genius of the system.'”
— Greil Marcus, author of Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces

“Full of startling and surprising revelations, presented in exemplary fashion, without any moralizing or sensationalism. The Collaboration shows how Hollywood and especially the big studios went along with German demands to censor movies not only before but especially after the Nazi seizure of power.”
— Richard J. Evans, author of The Coming of the Third Reich, The Third Reich in Power, and The Third Reich at War

“Urwand… presents explosive new evidence about the shocking extent of the partnership between the Nazis and major Hollywood producers… [A] riveting book… What is shocking and new about Urwand’s account is its blow-by-blow description of Hollywood executives tailoring their product to meet the demands of the Nazi regime.”
— David Mikics, Tablet Magazine

The Collaboration is available on and at bookstores across the United States. Now also available in French and Portuguese. Polish and Slovenian editions coming soon.