More than a few feathers are ruffled by Urwand's thesis. Historian Thomas P. Doherty, author of recently published "Hollywood and Hitler: 1933-1939," tells the Times:
"The word 'collaboration' in this context is slander... You use that word to describe the Vichy government. Louis B. Mayer was a greedhead, but he is not the moral equivalent of Vidkun Quisling."
"The moguls who have been castigated for putting business ahead of Jewish identity and loyalty were in fact working behind the scenes to help Jews."
"Psychologically, Warner Brothers was two steps ahead of the other studios when it came to facing the war. Unlike the other moguls, Harry Warner had been an early and fervent supporter of Franklin Roosevelt and an early opponent of Hitler. All the moguls except Darryl Zanuck were Jewish, but only Harry Warner -- and, later, Jack Warner -- were anti-Nazis when opposition to Hitler was unfashionable. Warner Bros. closed down its operations in Germany in July 1934. It was the first studio to leave Germany. As Hitler swallowed country after country -- Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Denmark -- Warner Bros. was almost always the first studio to withdraw, choosing principle over profit. By contrast, Paramount, M-G-M, and Fox, reluctant to lose such a good market for their films, were still operating in Germany in 1939."