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09 SEPTEMBER 2011

Walt Disney and the Art of WWII Propaganda

"During World War II, Disney's provided some political education for Americans at home –– and for soldiers on the front, too. 'Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi' appeared in movie theaters in 1943. The tone of the movie was serious, and it didn't feature the likes of Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse. Instead, it used impressive images to describe how children in Nazi Germany were raised to hate and to participate in the war effort –– and how little blonde Hans' only purpose in life was to die on the front."

(Sven Stillich, 2009)

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1943Adolf Hitleranimation • anti-Nazi • cartooncel animationchildren • Clyde Geronimi • die • Donald Duck • emotive manipulationenculturationethics • Gregor Ziemer • hate • Hitler Youth • Mickey MouseNaziNazi Germany • North Americans • patriotismpolitical educationpropaganda • The Making of the Nazi • traditional animationWalt DisneywarWorld War IIWWII

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Simon Perkins
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