Narrated by Lewis Stone, this 1943 MGM production looks at the roots of Nazi Germany's drive for geographic expansion. The roots of Hitler's drive for world domination is attributed to the ...
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Narrated by Lewis Stone, this 1943 MGM production looks at the roots of Nazi Germany's drive for geographic expansion. The roots of Hitler's drive for world domination is attributed to the ideas of Prof. Karl Ernst Haushofer, once a General in the German army who was humiliated and blamed, along with others of his class, for the outcomes of World War I. His theory, known as Geopolitik, posited that Germany's central location in Europe made it ideal to dominate Europe and provide a counter-balance to the British naval domination of the seas. With Hitler coming to power, Haushofer became part of Hitler's government and had even greater influence. Written by
Despite the DVD packaging, it's not a "Crime Does Not Pay" short.
"Plan for Destruction" was included in the "Crime Does Not Pay" DVD collection from Turner Entertainment. However, this film really does not appear to be a part of the set and bears no similarity to the other films in the series. It really is just a wartime propaganda short from MGM--albeit a well made one.
The film is narrated by Lewis Stone and is a film showing the progression of Germany from the end of WWI to the power-made nation it was in 1943. However, it looked at this in an unusual manner--focusing on an actual but mostly forgotten general and college professor, Karl Haushofer (played by the familiar character actor Frank Reicher). Haushofer's notion of 'goepolitik' was that Germany was destined to rule the world and his teachings fit in wonderfully with the Nazis. However, the short-term benefit of such a policy is more than balanced by the resolve of the united nations of the US, Soviet Union, etc. according to this film.
This is clearly a WWII propaganda film that's meant to strengthen the resolve at home in the war effort. And, for what it is, it's pretty good. A novel way of assessing the Nazis, that's for sure.
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