The Wandering Jew (1933 film)

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The Eternal Jew
Directed by Maurice Elvey
Produced by Julius Hagen
Written by H. Fowler Mear
Starring Conrad Veidt
Music by Hugo Riesenfeld
Cinematography Sydney Blythe
Edited by Jack Harris
Julius Hagen Productions
Distributed by Gaumont British Distributors (1933) (UK)
Release date
  • 1933 (1933)
Running time
111 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Wandering Jew is a 1933 British fantasy drama film produced by the Gaumont-Twickenham Film Studios. It is the story of a Jew (played by Conrad Veidt) who is forced to wander the Earth for centuries because he rebuffed Jesus while he was carrying his cross.

Other cast members included a very young Peggy Ashcroft, Francis L. Sullivan, and Felix Aylmer.


The plot follows the titular character's epic journey. He is finally burnt at the stake by the Spanish Inquisition. As he burns, he is forgiven by God and finally allowed to die. The story bears a resemblance to the legend of the Flying Dutchman.

Portrayal of Jews[edit]

Unlike the antisemitic propaganda film produced by the Nazis in 1940, this film portrayed Jews in a favorable light as the victims of unjustified persecution throughout history, in the Spanish Inquisition, for example. The Nazi propaganda film, by contrast, was intended as violently anti-Semitic.[1]


  1. ^ Friedlander, Saul (2008). 'The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews 1939-1945. 

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