Critics Assail Harvard Press for Publishing Book on Hollywood-Hitler Ties

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Ben Urwand's book "The Collaboration" alleges collusion between American film studios and Nazi Germany. Skeptics say the peer-review process failed.

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Ben Urwand's book "The Collaboration" alleges collusion between American film studios and Nazi Germany. Skeptics say the peer-review process failed.

Controversy over a scholarly book about Hollywood's ties to Hitler has hit a new pitch with a prominent critic asking whether a flawed peer-review process led Harvard University Press to publish it.

In the book, The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact With Hitler, Ben Urwand alleges that Hollywood's Jewish studio heads colluded with Nazi Germany to suppress films, scenes, and stars it deemed