Category: History

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Confessions of a Nazi Spy

WARNER BROTHERS (1939) | DIRECTED BY ANATOLE LITVAK | WRITTEN BY MILTON KRIMS & JOHN WEXLEY  Confessions of a Nazi Spy was the first major film to be unabashedly anti-Nazi. Released in 1939, it was...

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Analyzing Photos from World War II

One of the things that I like to do when I talk to people about history is the use of imagery to understand the effects of war and how it could be used as propaganda by the Allies and the Axis. Both used propaganda to sell their goals and reasons. The Nazis were far more sinister in their propaganda efforts.

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Hollywood Goes to War: Links to Check Out

Hollywood enlisted and then some during World War II. Actors, writers, directors, producers, cameramen and other workers either joined the ranks of the military to fight on the front lines or they worked with the government to produce films to “inform” the American public. As I conduct my research into the collaboration between the film industry and the government, I’ve come across several useful links. 

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9/11: 16 Years Later

The world changed 16 years ago today. As I write my annual 9/11 post, I’m sitting in the same room just a few feet away from when I first learned of a plane hitting one of the Twin Towers. I was talking with a friend on AOL Messenger. The conversation that day is unimportant, though I’m sure it had something to do with Xena: Warrior Princes. I remember looking at an article on AOL about the attack and seeing a photo. I remember saying to my friend: that’s not a small plane. That’s a big hole.

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Disney & World War II: Education for Death

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.

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Analysis: One of Ours

In Willa Cather’s One of Ours, a complex picture of an idealistic young man troubled by his upbringing and quest to find his place in the world emerges through the back drop of World War I. Written in 1923, the book is just five years removed from the end of the war.

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They Used Cameras: The Story of Hollywood and World War Two

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.