The 1940 German film Der Erwige Juden (The Eternal Jew) was one of the Nazis more blatant anti-Semitic films. German law prohibits the public distribution and exhibition of the film in Germany. It may be shown for educational purposes but exhibitors must have formal education in "media science and the history of the Holocaust."
The concept of the "Wandering Jew" is far older than National Socialism. It derives from a literary and popular legend, about a Jew who mocked or mistreated Jesus while he was on his way to the cross and who was condemned therefore to a life of wandering on earth until Judgment Day. The story of this wanderer was first recorded in the chronicles of Roger of Wendover and Matthew of Paris during the thirteenth century. The exact nature of the wanderer's indiscretion varies