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The Nazis Strike (1943)

The official World War II US government account of Nazi international aggression leading up to the British and French declarations of war.

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Neville Chamberlain ...
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Clementine Churchill ...
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Galeazzo Ciano ...
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Édouard Daladier ...
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Léon Degrelle ...
Himself - Leader: Rexist Party, Belgium (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anthony Eden ...
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Joseph Goebbels ...
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Hermann Göring ...
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Konrad Henlein ...
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Rudolf Hess ...
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Heinrich Himmler ...
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In this installment of the Why We Fight propaganda film series, we see the events of Nazi Germany's diplomatic and military acts of international aggression. One by one, we learn of the Nazi's consistently underhanded and relenting violation of every promise of peace and exploitation of their foes's attempts of appeasement until the invasion of Poland September of 1939 which led to Britain and France finally taking an armed stand against Hitler. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Winston Churchill: What tragedies, what horrors, what crimes has Hitler and all that Hitler stands for brought upon Europe and the world! It is upon this foundation that Hitler pretends to build out of hatred a new order for Europe. But nothing is more certain than that every trace of Hitler's footsteps, every stain of his infected and corroding fingers will be sponged and purged and, if need be, blasted from the surface of the earth. Lift up your hearts, all will come right. Out of the depths of sorrow and of ...
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Propaganda by a master moviemaker
20 July 1999 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Frank Capra did a masterful job taking the propaganda tool of the Nazis and turning it against them. He devised the simple but effective means of taking captured Nazi propaganda newsreels and showing them with new narration and with music. The result -- showing the Nazi horror for what it was.

The WHY WE FIGHT series of 7 films is still very powerful and moving. We can only imagine how rousing the material was in the dark days of World War II when it was shown to the US troops in battle zones.

The difference between Capra's propaganda and Hitler's is that Capra used the tool to teach ideals rather than to seduce and entrance the minds of people. Capra's films were just as strong ammunition as and tanks and planes, and they are remarkably durable after all these years. They still stand for the ideals of democracy. Such is the art of a master moviemaker.


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