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Book burning; Hitler & high Nazi officials

Film | Accession Number: 1991.253.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0571 | Film ID: 218

Propaganda film about the background of World War II (Orientation Film No. 1). Opening shot, AV Hoover Dam. CUs of New York Times newspaper headlines regarding The League of Nations, Tariff Act, Isolationism and Prohibition. Narrator compares free democratic system to the Nazi regime. 01:30:28 Books freely read in USA, including Mein Kampf. 01:30:34 Scenes of German bookburnings in Berlin. Optical mix of flames with CUs of banned books, including Heinrich Heine, Remarque, Hemingway, Thomas Mann, and Mendelssohn music, to 01:30:54 . EXT of a Gothic style church, INT of Church, boys choir singing "Onward, Christian Soldiers," slow pan, CUs of the faces of the young boys singing. VS of American children playing outdoors on jungle gyms, drawing, painting, in the classroom, in the schoolyard, playing ball, skating, biking, etc. VS of German and Japanese children playing war games. Japan sequence: 01:32:47 to 01:33:22. "German" youth in gas masks crawling through the grass in a field, presumably in "training" for their futures as Nazi soldiers. CU of Hitler and high ranking officials in military procession in Germany. Similar shots of military processions with Mussolini in Italy and with Hirohito in Japan. CUs of Hess, Goering, Frank, Dietrich, Todt, Reinhardt, Darre and Ley at podium. VSs of crowds rallying behind their leaders in Italy, Germany and Japan. VSs of animated maps describing each country's desired annexations, etc. In the end the map of the world is covered in swastikas and the Rising Sun.

Production:  1942
United States
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:02:38
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