Unified Patriots by Vassarbushmills
“After Hitler” is a 2-part video documentary series about Europe in the five years immediately following World War II, 1945-1949. Each episode is roughly 43 minutes and was produced in 2016 but has the unmistakable feel of a 1940s news reel, although theatres rarely showed newsreels in color.
This is a MUST-SEE, for every generation since it will show you things no book you could read could convey
And especially, for everyone of any age who is watching Europe unravel today, for this offers some context as to why history always seems to repeat itself there.
I have a few words of commentary, below, but watch this first.
Part 1: 1945-47
Part 2: 1947-49
Take note, this is NOT an American production, and much of the film also is not American. It was originally produced in French language and pre-sold for distribution in several languages to Germany’s N24, Italy’s Rai, Norway’s NRK, Spain’s RTVE, Discovery Networks Europe, Quebec’s TV5, Blue Ant Television in English-speaking Canada and Al Arabiya in the Middle East. I saw it the other night through the Discovery Channel, but the above presentations here are without commercial interruption.
Having seen these videos I’m guessing they show a side of the Europeans most people couldn’t imagine. But with the “erection” of the Iron Curtain it came home to many first-and-second generation immigrants in America that the folks back in the old country were being sold a bill of goods by the new communist overlords and men in communist-controlled Italian, French and Spanish union halls. The peoples of the eastern bloc, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Balkans, were especially susceptible to propaganda about how bad things were for working people in Amerika.
So, in 1952 a short 10-minute film was put together called “The Million Dollar Nickle” and run in America’s theaters as a short subject. It was urging people to write to the folks back home (the letter cost a nickel) and tell them about the fact that factory workers here who built cars also owned cars, to tell them how many packaged food items were available at a grocery store within walking distance. Tell them about our schools. And, as ZsaZsa Gabor asked, (in her native Hungarian) “Don’t brag.”
Sorry, I can’t find a video link to this film, but it came from the last days of the Truman Administration, was possibly government produced, but would be effective even today if shown in public schools. Strange, you may say, that it came from the Democrats and Hollywood, but Hollywood had become disillusioned with Stalin by 1948, after his power grab and brutality in East Europe, (as shown in Part II, above) so it would take another twenty-years and a new generation in Hollywood to relight the flame of entitlement, which, if the truth be known, is native to any place where immense wealth can be created simply by fooling people. Hollywood is what it is[…]
Cross-posted on Grumpy Opinions.