One of the Ministry of Information's "Into Battle" shorts, "These are the Men" was written by Dylan Thomas. This incredible film uses footage from Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will" and other speeches by Hitler and other Nazi leaders, and replaces normal translations with bombastic, over-the-top confessions. Various leaders including Hitler, Goebbels, Göering, Streicher and Hess bare their terrible sins and character flaws as frankly as if they were victims of one a 'confession drug'. These candid autobiographical accounts of evil motives and actions, are damning indeed.
This film is almost unique in British Second World War film propaganda. Whereas many other films from this era stress the importance of those qualities of British life that would be destroyed if the Germans invaded, this film attacks the evils that the Nazis represented. The result is a powerful denunciation of the Nazi leadership.
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I just recently discovered the treasure trove of WW2 footage here. I"m not sure I would call this 'propaganda' sold as truth. We can clearly see where this footage came from and an explanation of its purpose. It isn't disguised as anything but propaganda, so its up to each viewer to choose what to believe. That is one of the things I love about Archive.com. They don't censor or limit available material. It's up to individuals to decide how to interpret the material.
October 28, 2020 Subject:
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