Stories from the Edge Blog
Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi was one of two shorts released in 1943. The other was, Der Fueher’s Face. The latter was more satirical and made more of a mockery out of Adolf Hitler than the former, which hit audiences the hardest it featured the indoctrination of Germany’s youth.
They were at the height of their careers. But they dropped it all to go to war. Their weapon of choice: their cameras. Five Came Back is the title of a new documentary series premiering on Netflix that tells the story of John Ford, Frank Capra, John Huston, George Stevens and William Wyler as they went into the service during World War II.
History in today’s world requires an understanding of the past. Or as I like to say, context is everything when doing comparisons. My point is: avoid history books that condense down a subject or a historical documentary on a TV channel. Go to the source: read newspaper articles from the time period.
For my generation, the September 11th Attacks is our John F. Kennedy Assassination. It is a time where you remember what you were doing and where you were when you heard about the attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and the crash of United 93 in Pennsylvania. The world for thousands of families changed on that day. The world entire changed. Our nation changed and New York changed.
Black Protest and the Great Migration: A Brief History with Documents. follows the migration of up to nearly half-a-million Black Americans during World War I to the urban north. Using documents to back up the historical account, the book highlights the social, economic and political conditions of the South.