As Hollywood studio classic turns 75, ‘We’ll Always Have Casablanca’ tells all about how a bunch of Jewish refugees made a great movie about Jewish refugees escaping the Nazis”

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Here’s Looking at You, Kid
by David Mikics
February 14, 2017

How Casablanca became the echt Hollywood movie is the subject of Noah Isenberg’s hugely entertaining and insightful book, We’ll Always Have Casablanca…The movie Casablanca is full of Jewish-refugee actors, as the actual Casablanca was full of refugee Jews, stuck in “unoccupied France” after the fall of Paris and trying to escape to the New World via Portugal. But the word “Jew” never appears in the film: America’s war effort depended on Americans not thinking that they were fighting, even in part, on behalf of European Jews. Indeed, in 1943 a substantial number of Americans still blamed the Jews for the war, just as Hitler did. READ MORE

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