A while back I referred to a film I'd watched about Hollywood and the Holocaust. At the time I was too lazy to research the name, but yesterday I found it-- Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust--and a description in the New York Times:
The American film industry took it upon itself to act as a cheerleader for United States and Allied military interests during World War II, but Hollywood was initially reluctant to directly condemn Nazi anti-Semitism, and it wasn't until years after the war ended that American filmmakers began offering a realistic, dramatic look at the horrible toll of Hitler's "final solution." Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust is a documentary which examines how filmmakers reacted to German scapegoating of Jews before, during, and after the war, ranging from the boldness of Confessions of a Nazi Spy and The Mortal Storm (both of which were produced before America entered the war) to more oblique statements during the war itself, and then finally leading to an honest portrayal of the full consequences of the Holocaust beginning in the '50s.
It's an excellent documentary, well worth your time. It was directed by Daniel Anker and offers insightful observations from film luminaries including Gene Hackman, Steven Spielberg, Sidney Lumet, Branko Listug, and Greg Reynolds.
The descriptive in the box says "starring" Hackman et al, but that's Hollywood talk to grab the viewer. The stars are the filmmakers and actors (like Charlie Chaplin) who jeopardized their careers by insisting on telling the truth about the war and the Nazis.
I wish I could remember all of their names.
I'll have to watch the film again.