Education For Death: The Making of A Nazi

Posted: September 30, 2011 in World War 2
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Title: Education for Death: The Making of A Nazi
Writer: Gregor Ziemer

During World War II, Walt Disney entered into a contract with the US government to develop 32 animated shorts. Nearly bankrupted by Fantasia (1940), Disney needed to refill its coffers, & making American propaganda films didn’t seem like a bad way to do it. On numerous occasions, Donald Duck was called upon to deliver moral messages to domestic audiences (see The Spirit of ’43 & Der Führer’s Face). But that wasn’t the case with Education for Death: The Making of Nazi, a film shown in US movie theaters in 1943.

Based on a book written by Gregor Ziemer, this animated short used a different lineup of characters to show how the Nazi Party turned innocent youth into Hitler’s corrupted children. Unlike other topics addressed in Disney war films (e.g. taxes & the draft), this theme, the cultivation of young minds, hit awfully close to home. & it’s perhaps why it’s one of Disney’s better wartime films.

As written on Spiegel Online

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