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"Larsson, Donald F" <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 10 Feb 2006 13:40:34 -0600
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Richard Shickel in THE DISNEY VERSION briefly remarks that Disney
probably shared a "mild form of the anti-Semitism that was common to his
generation and place of origin" and that the studio "was notably lacking
in Jewish employees and at least once he presented a fairly vicious
caricature of the Jew on the screen" (Avon, 1968, p. 79).

There's more in Marc Eliot's WALT DISNEY: HOLLYWOOD'S DARK PRINCE, with
some material based on conversations with Ward Kimball, but the book as
a whole does not have a high critical reputation.

Don Larsson

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Donald F. Larsson
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Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 4:50 AM
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Subject: [SCREEN-L] disney's alleged anti semitism etc

On another list, in the context of a discussion of Walt Disney's alleged
semitism and racism, one correspondent who said she knew a great deal of
Disney operation in the forties and fifties said that Disney employed
Jewish executives and creators, hired african americans at a time when
certainly wasn't fashionable, and also employed women liberally. 

Now my understanding was that Disney studios did employ Jews -- lots of
always being around Hollywood   cant say about people of color  but
women who 
were used as a sort of slave resource  poorly paid  in assembly line
of cells  but who weren't allowed to rise higher than this into the
ranks of animators

Any real info on any of this  my knowledge  and perhaps this is an urban

legend  was that Disney himself was at least a country club anti-semite
in his 
personal life, however many Jewish employees he had 

All info greatly appreciated   thanks  Harvey Roy Greenberg MD

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