What if Suss was not Jewish?
Jud Suss is undoubtedly one of the most anti-semitic films ever made. The title character is cast as a deceptive, sneaky fellow who assaults women and gets in the good graces of those in high places for his own benefit.  On top of this already inflated image of the stereotypical “bad guy” the Nazi’s reveal that he is Jewish. This makes a complicated ordeal for the viewer. On one hand the viewer wants to really hate Suss for all that he stands for but then one is compelled to be taken aback from this feeling on realizing that these traits are combined with him being a Jew and with all the matter involving the Holocaust one could feel bad for having ill feelings towards him.
However, what if Suss was not Jewish? What if the Nazi’s had not made his character Jewish? Now of course Suss is based on a real person who lived in the early 18th century, but given all the traits that make him the villain would it be more acceptable to dislike him if he was not Jewish? If Suss was the money grubbing, womanizing, sneaky car salesman would it have the same effect. It is possible, however, I doubt that the Nazi’s would engage in a campaign against car salesman.
The Nazi’s make Suss’ character an easy target for resentment and make the audience hate him, but with him being Jewish it is hard for the modern viewer to bring these negative views to the forefront. I believe if there was not the stigma surrounding the holocaust and Suss was the average everyday villain, then it would be easier to hate him. I dislike him as a person but i do feel the Nazi’s portrayed him as even worse than he was and just tried to amplify the anti-semitism and use their propaganda machine for just another attack on the Jewish persona.
Kristina Soderbaum and Ferdinand Marian in Jud Suss (1940).
 Jud Suss. International Historic Film Inc. 2007.