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Harlan – In the Shadow of Jew Süss

Harlan – In the Shadow of Jew Süss (German: Harlan – Im Schatten von Jud Süß) is a 2008 documentary film by German director Felix Moeller about one of the most notorious Nazi German filmmakers, Veit Harlan and his family. It focuses on the "wildly varying attitudes of Harlan's children and grandchildren",[1] and how they struggle even today with the legacy of their ancestor's work.

Harlan – In the Shadow of Jew Süss
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Theatrical poster
Directed byFelix Moeller
Produced by
CinematographyLudolph Weyer
Distributed byZeitgeist Films
Release date
  • October 29, 2008 (2008-10-29) (International Documentary Film Festival)
  • April 23, 2009 (2009-04-23) (Germany)
Running time
99 minutes
  • German
  • French
  • Italian

The documentary also explores Harlan's motivations for making Jew Süss, a film that The New York Times has called "perhaps the most notorious anti-Semitic movie ever made".[2] Harlan was the only artist from the Nazi era to be charged with war crimes.

The film uses "never-before-seen archival footage, unearthed film excerpts, rare home movies and new interviews".[3]

It is distributed in the U.S. by Zeitgeist Films in 2010.[3]


  • Written and directed by Felix Moeller
  • Cinematography – Ludolph Meyer
  • Sound – Martin Noweck
  • Film editing – Anette Fleming
  • Original music – Marco Hertenstein
  • Narrator – August Zirner
  • Producers – Amelie Larscha, Felix Moeller


  1. ^ "Harlan—In the Shadow of Jew Süss". New York Magazine. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Larry Rohter (March 2, 2010). "Nazi Film Still Pains Relatives". The New York Times. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Harlan - In The Shadow of Jew Süss". Zeitgeist Films. Retrieved March 23, 2011.

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