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In Volume 4, No. 6, The March of Time producers released their first single-subject issue, a journalistic exposition of the Nazi reign in 1938 Germany, with newsreel cuts of Adolf Hitler, the Fuehrer; propaganda minister Paul Joseph Goebbles; and Fritz Kuhn, the President of the German-American Bund. The M-o-T cameras poked behind the air of prosperity in Berlin to reveal the persecution of the Jews; the manufacturing of military equipment, and the build-up of the goose-stepping army. It also shifts to New England where the opposition to Fritz Kuhn's American-German Bund is shown. William E. Dodd, the retiring American ambassador to Germany is seen and heard delivering a Nazi-criticism speech. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Essential Pre-War Viewing
25 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This edition of "The March of Time" was dedicated solely to the evolution and current status (in 1938) of Nazi Germany. It does not mince words, describing the cost citizens have to pay for living in a Fascist state. It deals with the propaganda and outright lies emanating from the government-controlled media, the maltreatment of Jews, Germany's stated aim of needing to expand its territory (the Ukraine is specifically mentioned as a target of German expansionism) if it is to become self-sufficient in food production and the way youth are trained from a young age to see the world through Nazi eyes.

This is impressive. Although the United States was not at war with Germany at this point, and would not be for a few years, this newsreel makes it clear that we (America) was well aware of the activities going on there, the treatment of the Jews, and the military goals of the regime. Now, that does not mean we should have gone to war earlier than we did, but it does raise the question of why we did not press back harder against their policies.


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