Life, Legend, Fiction, Film
Hardback 297pp Illustrated
9781847250179   Product Code: 20587
Joseph Suss Oppenheimer (1698-1738) was a financial advisor to the Duke of Wurttemberg. Clever, handsome and charming, he thrived at court, but his economic policies were unpopular, and when the Duke died suddenly, he was arrested on trumped-up charges and executed. This fascinating and chilling account charts his life, death and posthumous reputation, and how a sympathetic novel by the Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger was transformed into a virulently anti-Semitic film at the instigation of Joseph Goebbels.