Jewface Website Exposes Jewish Stereotypes

Jewface is one of a series of websites that includes blackface, arabface, and so forth. The idea is to present information on “stereotypes” of the different ethnic groups.

From the comforting Jewish mother to the nice Jewish girl, the site covers six Jewish stereotypes.

I was hoping that there would be photos of different Jewish types, along with a serious analysis of the specifics of facial and body features, but there’s none of that.

What I did find was a discussion ofJews in film, including Jews in the 1940 German film, The Eternal Jew. It’s embedded in this post so that anyone interested can see the “most antisemitic” film in history.

Excerpt from Jewface

Jewish Stereotypes in Film and TV

Based on European Jewish folklore, The Golem (1920), tells the story of a Jewish rabbi in the 16th-century who creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem, and using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

In The Jazz Singer (1927), Cantor Rabinowitz is upset because his son Jakie (Al Jolson) shows no interest in carrying on the family’s traditions and heritage. For five generations, men in the family have been Cantors in the synagogue, but Jakie is more interested in jazz and ragtime music. One day, they have such a bitter argument that Jakie leaves home for good. After a few years on his own, now calling himself Jack Robin, he enjoys a great deal of success. Jakie comes home in time to sing Kol Nidre at Yom Kippur services and reconciles with his dying father.

The most notorious anti-Semitic film of all time is probably Der ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew, 1939), a German Nazi propaganda film that presents itself as a documentary. The film attempts to prove that Jews have racial personality traits that, according to the Nazis, make the Jew a wandering cultural parasite. The images couldn’t be more heavy-handed — one of the sequences early in the film shows a pack of rats emerging from a sewer and that is juxtaposed with a crowd of Jews in a bustling street. The film ends with Hitler’s notorious speech at the Reichstag on January 30, 1939, where he warned that a future war would lead to the “annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe.”

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