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The Chilling History of How Hollywood Helped Hitler.


How Hollywood Helped Finance The Nazi War Machine

The 1930′s are celebrated as one of Hollywood’s golden ages, but in an exclusive excerpt from his controversial new book, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler (Harvard University Press, on sale Sept. 9), Harvard post-doctoral fellow Ben Urwand uncovers a darker side to Hollywood’s past.

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In devastating detail, an excerpt from a controversial new book reveals how the big studios, desperate to protect German business, let Nazis censor scripts, remove credits from Jews, get movies stopped and even force one MGM executive to divorce his Jewish wife.

Drawing on a wealth of archival documents in the U.S. and Germany, he reveals the shocking extent to which Hollywood cooperated and collaborated with the Nazis during the decade leading up to World War II to protect its business.

Indeed, “collaboration” (and its German translation, Zusammenarbeit) is a word that appears regularly in the correspondence between studio officials and the Nazis. Although the word is fraught with meaning to modern ears, its everyday use at the time underscored the eagerness of both sides to smooth away their differences to preserve commerce.

The Nazis threatened to exclude American movies — more than 250 played in Germany after Hitler took power in 1933 — unless the studios cooperated. Before World War I, the German market had been the world’s second largest, and even though it had shrunk during the Great Depression, the studios believed it would bounce back and worried that if they left, they would never be able to return.

Beginning with wholesale changes made to Universal’s 1930 release All Quiet on the Western Front, Hollywood regularly ran scripts and finished movies by German officials for approval. When they objected to scenes or dialogue they thought made Germany look bad, criticized the Nazis or dwelled on the mistreatment of Jews, the studios would accommodate them — and make cuts in the American versions as well as those shown elsewhere in the world.

It was not only scenes: Nazi pressure managed to kill whole projects critical of the rise of Adolf Hitler. Indeed, Hollywood would not make an important anti-Nazi film until 1940. Hitler was obsessed with the propaganda power of film, and the Nazis actively promoted American movies like 1937′s Captains Courageous that they thought showcased Aryan values.

Historians have long known about American companies such as IBM and General Motors that did business in Germany into the late 1930s, but the cultural power of movies — their ability to shape what people think — makes Hollywood’s cooperation with the Nazis a particularly important and chilling moment in history. – Andy Lewis

‘Victory Is Ours’

On Friday, Dec. 5, 1930, a crowd of Nazis in Berlin seized on an unusual target: the Hollywood movie All Quiet on the Western Front. Recognized in most countries as a document of the horrors of the First World War, in Germany it was seen as a painful and offensive reenactment of the German defeat.

The Nazis, who had recently increased their representation in the Reichstag from 12 to 107 seats, took advantage of the national indignation toward All Quiet on the Western Front. They purchased about 300 tickets for the first public screening, and as they watched the German troops retreat from the French, they shouted: “German soldiers had courage. It’s a disgrace that such an insulting film was made in America!” Because of the disruptions, the projectionist was forced to switch off the film. Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels gave a speech from the front row of the balcony in which he claimed that the film was an attempt to destroy Germany’s image. His comrades threw stink bombs and released mice into the crowd. Everyone rushed for the exits, and the theater was placed under guard.

The Nazis’ actions met with significant popular approval. The situation came to a climax Dec. 11, when the highest censorship board in Germany convened to determine the fate of the film. After a long discussion, the chairman of the board issued a ban: Whereas the French soldiers went to their deaths quietly and bravely, the German soldiers howled and shrieked with fear. The film was not an honest representation of German defeat — of course the public had reacted disapprovingly. Regardless of one’s political affiliation, the picture offended a whole generation of Germans who had suffered through the War.

All this was a result of the Nazis’ actions against All Quiet on the Western Front. Soon every studio started making deep concessions to the German government, and when Hitler came to power in January 1933, they dealt with his representatives directly.

And so, six days after the protests in Berlin, All Quiet on the Western Front was removed from screens in Germany. “Victory is ours!” Goebbels’ newspaper proclaimed. “We have forced them to their knees!”CLICK HERE to read the rest of the story on Hollywood Reporter.

by NTEB News Desk

‘The Israeli Government Has Surrendered the Temple Mount’.


In an “unprecedented” move, police on Wednesday informed Jewish groups that the Temple Mount will be closed to all non-Muslims until at least the end of Ramadan, on 11th August. The announcement has provoked renewed anger over anti-Jewish discrimination on the Temple Mount, and sparked calls by activists for a mass-protest on 7th August, at the start of the Hebrew month of Elul.

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“No matter what posturing the government performs, and no matter how many times they repeat the meaningless mantra that ‘The Temple Mount is in our hands’, the fact is that the Temple Mount is actually in the hands of the Waqf and the Jordanian government.”

Temple Mount activists had complained that for the past three days the Temple Mount – the holiest place in Judaism – remained inexplicably closed to non-Muslim visitors. The only “explanation” offered was a bland sign which simply read “Today the Temple Mount will be closed to visitors.”

Those restrictions did not, however, apply to Muslim visitors, who continue to receive unrestricted access.

On Wednesday, Police Commander Avi Bitton finally informed representatives of the Organisation of Temple Movements – an umbrella of various Temple Mount groups – that the sign would remain up for at least another two weeks, until after the Muslim festival of “Eid”, which marks the end of Ramadan.

Since the beginning of Ramadan, Islamists have upped their campaign to prevent Jews from setting foot on the Temple Mount – let alone praying there.

On the eve of the 9th of Av – the Jewish day of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temples – a group of Jews including Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin were driven off the Mount by a mob of Muslim extremists.

The next day, police banned Jews from the site altogether, provoking angry reactions from worshippers, activists and Members of Knesset, including government ministers.

Since then, say activists, Jews who wish to ascend have either been turned away without explanation, or otherwise subjected to even more severe restrictions than they had previously experienced.

In a statement following the meeting, the Organisation of Temple Movements accused the police of caving in to Islamist threats of violence, and failing in their duty to securefreedom of worship:

“Since the beginning of this month, groups of Muslims have used violence to try to prevent Jews from entering the plaza of the Temple Mount. Police could not deal with the rioting Muslim extremists, and time and time again stood helpless before them,

“Now it turns out that the police have collapsed completely in their mission, and have failed in their effort to keep order on the Temple Mount.”

Yehuda Glick,  a spokesman for the Organisation of Temple Movements, slammed the police decision as “illegal”:

“All of these [closures of the Temple Mount] were illegal actions taken by police, violating freedom of access to holy places,” he said.

Glick called on Jews and government ministers to immediately begin visiting the Temple Mount around the clock, in response to attempts to deny access to Jews. The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site, where the two holy Temples once stood before being destroyed by the Babylonian and Roman empires respectively.

Despite its supreme importance to Jews worldwide, Jewish visitors are subject to draconian restrictions on the Mount, including a ban on praying, due to the presence of an Islamic complex, administered by the Waqf Islamic Trust, and amid threats by Islamist groups. The Israeli police have bypassed several court decisions upholding the Jewish right to prayer there by citing unspecified “security concerns”, either to ban individual activists or even to issue blanket prohibitions on Jews ascending at all. Religious Jews are followed closely by Israeli police and Waqf guards to prevent them from praying, or from carrying out any other religious rituals. Non-Jewish visitors are not subject to such restrictions.

But Wednesday’s decision to close the Mount for such a prolonged period of time is “unprecedented,” according to Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute.

“This sets a new and dangerous precedent,” warned Rabbi Richman.

“Over the past few weeks there have been several attacks by Muslim extremists on the Temple Mount, and the police have aided and abetted them by standing by and allowing our rights to be violated. Even the Deputy Foreign Minister was not granted the right to freedom of worship.”

Rabbi Richman accused the government of having “surrendered sovereignty over the Temple Mount.”

“By granting the Jordanian-run Waqf free reign on the site, even aquiessing to their demands to ban Jews from ascending, the State of Israel has effectively abandoned the Temple Mount altogether.

“No matter what posturing the government performs, and no matter how many times they repeat the meaningless mantra that ‘The Temple Mount is in our hands’ [a reference to the famous declaration made after the liberation of Jerusalem in 1967 - ed.], the fact is that the Temple Mount is actually in the hands of the Waqf and the Jordanian government.”

“Test balloon”

The Organization of Temple Movements is taking this latest development very seriously, viewing it as a “test balloon” as to how the Israeli public – and wider Jewish public – will respond.

As a result, they have announced a demonstration at 7:30am on the 7th of August, which is also the start of the Hebrew month of Elul, marking the beginning of the period of repentance in the run up to the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana) and the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur.

“This week we commemorated the 10th anniversary of the reopening of the Temple Mount to Jews, after it was closed for three years following the outbreak of the Arab intifada,” said Rabbi Richman.

“During those three years of abandonment the Waqf took the opportunity to destroy countless precious artifacts in an attempt to erase the Jewish connection to the Mount.

“It is truly tragic that the government has chosen to mark this occasion by once again imposing an extended ban on Jewish ascents.

“If this situation passes quietly, we will have reached a point of no return. The police are testing the waters: how important is the Temple Mount to the Jewish public? Our message – and the message of Jews around the world – must be clear: the Temple Mount is the heart and soul of the Jewish people, and we will not abandon it again.” source – Israeli National News

by NTEB News Desk

Fox Cross-Marketing X-Rated Cartoons With New Animated Programming Block.


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High School USA!’ is an offering from Fox‘s new ‘ADHD.’ (Facebook)

Sunday night, Fox gave viewers a preview of a new animated adult programming block they are calling ADHD (short for Animation Domination High-Def), right in the middle of prime-time viewing hours. The series will debut in its normal time slot of 11 p.m. ET/PT (10 p.m. CT and MT) this Saturday and already exists online.

What Fox showed viewers on Sunday night was tame compared with what they’ve made available online, and parents could understandably be misled into believing ADHD is perfectly suitable for their youngster to watch. It’s not.

Modeled on (and from the creator of) Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block, Fox’s ADHD, as it exists online, features horrifically graphic, ultraviolent, sexually explicit and profanity-laden cartoons. It will become a tempting forbidden fruit for millions of children attracted to its animated format and themes like High School USA! and Scientifically Accurate Spider-Man.

Online, teens and even younger children can watch these X-rated cartoons for free and with absolutely no parental controls. Any 8-year-old could simply click and watch selections from a collection of three-minute cartoons more explicit than anything we’ve seen on broadcast television to date.

And now Fox is going to choose morsels from this digital menu and serve them up right in our living rooms, where Fox executives state they hope one of their animated shorts will catch on to become a new hit series. Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly told Daily Variety, “I’d like to find the next Family Guy out of this block.”

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

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He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the  Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” —Psalm 91:1-2

Churches are full of people who spend Monday through Saturday trying harder in their walk with the Lord. They wake up early so they can read through the Bible in a year; they make promises to themselves to invite a neighbor to church or pray for the ailing child a few doors down. They try to show the light of Christ at work and hold their tongues when angered by their spouse. Then on Sunday they cringe in the pew during worship and feel somehow that they’ve spent another week failing to be a good Christian. But if you experience God’s enjoyment of you, then you will begin enjoying God, and this whole cycle changes. Transformation happens as naturally as the changing of seasons. You will live in much greater holiness, and you will be truly happy. You won’t be so concerned about not doing bad things because your heart will find no pleasure in them anyway. This process of transformation never ends. We will be always gazing, always discovering, always changing, always enjoying, always reflecting more of His glory and passion.

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Day by day You are changing me into Your likeness, Jesus. The things that used to hinder me no longer appeal to me. The wonder of Your presence is all I want. Let me reflect Your glory and passion.

We enjoy God more by searching out and convincing
ourselves of God’s enjoyment of us.

By MIKE BICKLE.

God’s Agents.


And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. —Mark 16:17-18

We are God‘s agents in the earth, and He desires to manifest His miracle-working power through us. But in order to be used, you must not only be willing to be used, you must also be ready to be used.

Don’t wait until you need a miracle to start polishing your vessel. Don’t wait until the devil has ravaged your family, wrecked your health, and destroyed your finances to seek a relationship with your heavenly Father.

Ready your vessel by keeping your spirit strong in the Word, in prayer, and in fellowship with your Father. Speak forth His praises and acknowledge Him as your healer, your deliverer, and your provider. Today and every day, confess that you walk in divine health because the Spirit of life resides in you. Confess that His promises are made manifest in your life daily.

What will you do today to ready your vessel to receive all that God wants to pour into your life?

Pour into me, O Lord, Your living waters.
I am ready to receive today all that You
desire to pour into me and out of me.
Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

Instant Victory.


And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured….
Revelation 19:19-20

Recommended Reading
Revelation 19 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2019&version=NKJV )

The 1982 war between Great Britain and Argentina over the Falklands lasted seventy-four days. The 1971 conflict between India and Pakistan lasted thirteen days. The Six-Day War in the Middle East lasted June 5-10, 1967. Perhaps the shortest war in history occurred in 1896 between Great Britain and Zanzibar. It lasted forty-five minutes. What about the longest war? That would be the Hundred Years’ War, which really lasted 116 years, between 1337 and 1453.

Listen to Today’s Radio Message ([ http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/radio.aspx?tid=email_listenedevo )

Earth‘s final battle will end abruptly. The Antichrist will deploy the armies of the world from his headquarters at Armageddon, planning to destroy the nation of Israel once and for all. In the nick of time, Jesus Christ will burst from heaven with a shout, with a word of power, and He will win the victory — instantly, decisively, gloriously.

As Christians, we’ll have a front-row seat to the action. Until then, we can visualize and anticipate victory every time we read Revelation 19 and its description of Him whose name is called Faithful and True. And we can shout with the angels in advance: “Alleluia!”

Christians can rest in the sure conviction that just as Jesus came to earth the first time, so He will return at the conclusion of the Great Tribulation.

David Jeremiah, in What in the World Is Going On?

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Isaiah 57-59

By David Jeremiah.

Facing change…


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
-Joshua 1:9

Change is so hard. Dying, aging, losing friends, moving to new places, getting or losing jobs – these changes bring tremendous pain and suffering. And we often don’t know how to cope with it.

How do we respond, then, as believers when change comes into our lives? We must understand that the past is eternal – eternal and fixed. Unchanged. All of those memories that we have with people that we have loved, all of those lives that we’ve touched, all of those people that we’ve encountered along the way – those experiences will never change. They will always be in the timeline of history. They have set things in motion that can’t be undone.

My grandparents, even though in so many ways they’re doing well, they have also been undergoing a tremendous amount of suffering. There is retirement. There are health concerns. There is loss. And what I have said to them is this: “Grandma, Grandpa, listen: Things may be changing in the future, but think about every single person who was about to jump from a ledge but walked away when he or she heard, ‘This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!’ Think about how, over 50 years, every person that believed for the first time that they could start a business, or be a teacher, or get a degree, or overcome suffering or pain. Those things are fixed! Unchanged. Eternal. There are thousands of people alive today that would be dead if it wasn’t for this ministry that the two of you founded.”

The past is fixed and eternal. The good things that all of us have done with our lives, the people that we have touched, they will stay touched forever. And, like dropping a stone in a lake, the ripples from that stone will go on and on, even after our own deaths. The past cannot be changed. It is eternal and undone. All the great things in this life that we’ve done stay done. That is a great comfort.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me when I suffer from loss and change. Even when it’s a positive change, I still experience some discomfort and confusion. I know you are the only constant in my life. Thank you for being there each step of the way.

Reflection: What recent change has been causing you to suffer? How has this devotion helped you to face and embrace the change?

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