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James Downs is Archivist of the Middle East collections at the University of Exeter, editor of Photographica World, author of Anton Walbrook. A Life of Masks and Mirrors (2020), Joseph Pike: the ‘happy Catholic artist’ (2017), A Carnal Medium: fin-de-siècle essays on the photographic nude (2013) and various articles in journals such as The Innes Review, Studies in Photography, Source, Early Popular Visual Culture and Ancient Egypt.
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The Jewish Actor Accused of Being a Nazi Spy

To mark the publication of his new biography, James Downs explores the life of Anton Walbrook. It must be fairly unusual for someone who was referred to as a ‘Jewish actor’ and was admired for his generous support of Jewish refugees during World War II, to have also been boycotted by Jewish groups due to […]

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