The Telegraph reports that a rare book of Nazi propaganda listing Charlie Chaplin as a "pseudo-Jew" will go under the hammer next month.
Juden Sehen Dich An (The Jews are Watching You), is one of the most notorious works of anti-Semitic propaganda ever written. Published in Berlin in the 1930s, it runs 95 pages and contains the names, photographs and pen drawings of Jewish activists, bankers, economists, journalists, performers, artists, authors and academics, including Albert Einstein, from around the world. Written by Dr Johann von Leers, the book warns Germany "that these people were forming an international network aimed at world domination."
The fact that Chaplin was included, despite not being Jewish, proves that they saw him as a threat. In 1940, Chaplin directed and starred in ‘The Great Dictator’ which was described as an act of defiance against Hitler and Nazism. I’ll never forget that great scene where, playing Hitler, he flounces around the room, tossing and nonchalantly kicking a balloon globe in the air. In fact, thanks to the miracle that is Youtube, you can watch it here, to the tune of Sergeï Prokofiëv’s "Dance of the Knights" from Romeo and Juliet.
Nothing like humour to deflate what you fear.
Sadly ironic that Charlie, after being targeted by the Nazis would later have to put up with accusations of being communist. Particularly in light of this. I suppose he must have been doing something right to attract the hostility of both fascist dictators and slanderous, megalomaniac democrats.