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Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi (1943)

A young German boy is indoctrinated into conforming with the Nazi social mindset

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A Walt Disney wartime propaganda look into the mind of Hans, a boy born into a German family. Watch as his attitude about the value of human life degrades as he is exposed to Hitler Youth and other Nazi organizations and attitudes. Written by Brent Thomas <Bcthomas@io-online.com>

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The Story of One of Hitler's Children as Adapted from: Education for Death - The Making of the Nazi  »

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Along with Der Fuehrer's Face (1942) Disney once said that this film will never be released again in any format. However, both films have been released on a DVD set chronicling the studio's WWII films in 2004. See more »

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Narrator: [after the class watches a cartoon of a fox eating a rabbit, Hans speaks and the boys gasp] He said 'the poor rabbit', is he out of his mind?
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Featured in The Disney Family Album: Milt Kahl (1984) See more »

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Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries
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Music by Richard Wagner
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Interesting short
23 July 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

While most of Disney's cartoons are funny, this one was quite serious. It tells of how a boy named Hans is abducted into the Nazi way of life starting from kindergarten when he learns the familiar story of Sleeping Beauty only he learns the Nazi version of it where the wicked witch is democracy and Sleeping Beauty is German. I bet you can probably guess who the prince is. Later Hans is taught that the weak don't deserve to live and that Germans are the master race. I think Walt Disney depicts the evils of Nazism quite well in this short. The outside world was probably quite shocked about this when they saw it. An innocent child being brought up to be a Nazi who says nothing but what others want him to say, to think only the way others want him to think, and to do only what others want him to do. To top it all off, having to support Der Fueher (Hitler) and dying in battle just for him. Isn't that pathetic? The narrator says "By now Hans has completed his education. His education for death!" He was right about that too. This is quite a touching story and I think that everyone should get the chance to see it. Unfortunately this short is not "politically correct" enough to be aired on the Disney Channel or Toon Disney. I hope that one day Disney will show these rare cartoons on TV. You're probably wondering where I saw this cartoon. Well, I own a video of rare Disney shorts that I got from a collector.


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