#33) The March of Time: Inside Nazi Germany (1938)
Directed by Jack Glenn
Written by James L. Shute
Class of 1993
I’ll keep this one short. “The March of Time” was a newsreel series that started in the 1930s and was essentially the pre-television version of “60 Minutes”. In 1938 they turned their cameras on Germany five years into the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler. What follows is a startling (though, admittedly, somewhat manipulated) view of a country run by fascism. The film covers Germany’s persecution of Jews, the Hitler Youth program, and the German-American Bund setting up camp in New York City, among many other topics. Given the times we currently live in, it’s not too difficult to spot the parallels between what happened then and what’s happening now (For example: Germany’s newspapers only printed the stories the government wanted them to). The inclusion of “Inside Nazi Germany” in the Registry is an important one and should not be underestimated. Please watch this film and, as we say nowadays, Stay Woke.
“All propaganda must be confined to a few slogans…repeated over and over…until the last man understands what they mean.” – Adolf Hitler, “Mein Kampf”