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The Threat of Nazi Germany

The Threat of Nazi Germany

Nov 19, 2012

On November 16, 1934 Winston Churchill delivered the following speech about the rising threat of Nazi Germany. Listen to the speech: The Threat of Nazi Germany Many people think that the best way to escape war is to dwell upon its horrors and to imprint them vividly upon the minds of the younger generation. They flaunt the grisly photographs before their eyes....

The Appeal of June 18 – Charles de Gaulle

The Appeal of June 18 – Charles de Gaulle

Oct 19, 2012

The following speech by General Charles de Gaulle, was an appeal to the French people to resist the German occupation. De Gaulle was the leader of the French Free Forces. He fled France for London on June 15, 1940 after Philippe Pétain, a World War I hero, signed an armistice with Nazi Germany. Winston Churchill gave de Gaulle permission to broadcast the speech...

FDR – Fireside Chat – Pearl Harbor

FDR – Fireside Chat – Pearl Harbor

Sep 29, 2012

December 9, 1941. Listen to Fireside Chat: Fireside Chat FDR 1941-12-09 My Fellow Americans: The sudden criminal attacks perpetrated by the Japanese in the Pacific provide the climax of a decade of international immorality. Powerful and resourceful gangsters have banded together to make war upon the whole human race. Their challenge has now been flung at the...

Disney’s The New Spirit

Disney’s The New Spirit

Sep 10, 2012

On January 23, 1942, Walt Disney Productions, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, released The New Spirit. This animated short featured Donald Duck and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In the film, Donald reveals his annual income to be $2,501, for which he will owe $13 dollars in taxes. He sprints across the...

Disney’s The Making of a Nazi

Disney’s The Making of a Nazi

Sep 4, 2012

Education for Death: The Making of a Nazi first appeared in movie theaters on January 15, 1943. Walt Disney had entered into a contract with the United States government to create 32 animated shorts in an effort to educate the U.S. citizens at home and on the front as well. At the time, Disney was nearly bankrupt from Fantasia, and the contract was an...

Never Has So Much Been Owed to So Few

Never Has So Much Been Owed to So Few

Aug 20, 2012

On August 20, 1940, two months after his speech to the world about the impending German assault on Britain, Winston Churchill delivered his “Never was so much owed by so many to so few” speech to the House of Commons as the United Kingdom prepared for the expected German invasion. He used to speech to persuade his countrymen that notwithstanding a...