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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.

Director:

Clyde Geronimi (uncredited)

Writer:

Gregor Ziemer (adapted from book)

Star:

Art Smith
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Art Smith ... Narrator (voice)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

15 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scene, the 'Verboten' list of forbidden names shows Franklin, Winston and Joseph at the top, a reference to the three Allied leaders - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Josef Stalin. The rest are, like Joseph, a succession of Hebrew (read: Jewish) names. During the Third Reich, the Nazis attempted to ban the use of the Old Testament in church practices. See more »

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Narrator: One day, Hans became sick. His mother is praying that her son get well. She knows that the unfit are taken away by the state... and are never heard of again.
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Featured in A Conversation with Joe Grant (2004) 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 Coolguy-7See 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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