2016
Zippo Lighter
September 29, 2016
    Zippo Lighter Manufacture of the American Zippo lighter was inspired by the Austrian cigarette lighter made from spent ammunition shells by IMCO. The IMCO lighter was used by German troops throughout WWII. IMCO lighter The American Zippo Manufacturing Company produced their first lighter in 1933. After America’s entry into WWII, Zippo stopped production for the American consumer and dedicated all manufacturing to the U.S. military. Millions of American military personnel carried the lighter during WWII, establishing the Zippo lighter as an American icon throughout the world. 
2015
Nazi Anti-Jewish Legislation
July 9, 2015
Nazi Germany enacted >2,000 anti-Jewish measures 1933 The Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service legalized firing "non-Aryan" government employees Most “non-Aryan" students were barred from attending German schools and forbidden to take final state exams for many occupations 1935 The Nuremberg Race Laws stripped Jews of their citizenship and denied the right to vote The Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor prohibited marriage and sexual contact between Germans and Jews 1936-1938 A series of anti-Jewish laws, culminating in the November 1938 pogrom known as Kristalnacht, restricted Jews from the German economy and legalized the confiscation of Jewish property The Central Office for Jewish Emigration, under the direction of Otto Adolf Eichmann, empowered the SS  (Schutzstaffel)  to make all decisions regarding the fate of Jews 1939 With outbreak of WWII, anti-Jewish laws of variable intensity were enacted in occupied territories
Nazi Newspapers
June 1, 2015
“The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.”     -  Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf 1926 Shortly after Hitler came to power in 1933, he leveraged "Aryan" fears of Jews and Communists to implement measures that restricted civil liberties and eradicated democracy. Opposition political parties were banned along with hundreds of their newspapers. Soon, the Nazi government also established control of the independent press. Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda, assured that a "racially clean" German press spread the same message (Gleischaltung). Jewish and liberal editors and journalists were sacked. All remaining editors had to prove that they were not married to a Jew. The Vőlkischer Beobachter, edited by the Nazi intellectual Alfred Rosenberg, was the Nazi Party’s primary media vehicle. Goebbels also had his own newspaper, Der Angriff  founded in 1927 with a front page column by ‘Dr G’. Another party newspaper, the fiercely anti-semitic Der Stűrmer was rumored to be Hitlers' favorite.  
Youth in the Third Reich
May 21, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVUAIPMsZ60 After gaining control of the government in the early 1930s, the Nazis radically altered Germany's educational system. History was re-written along the intolerant lines of Aryan beliefs. Old texts, non-conforming teachers, clergy and many parents were pushed aside. Naïve youth, mesmerized by rhetoric telling them that they, and not their parents, were the future of Germany eagerly followed their Führer.
Soviets view U.S. Racism
May 4, 2015
This heavy-handed 1933 Soviet propaganda cartoon is quite disturbing, but unfortunately reflects some aspects of our society at the time. Although we've come a long way since then, recent inner-city riots remind us that racism is still a significant problem in the USA.
Nazi Radio
April 27, 2015
  In the 1930s, most european radio stations were controlled by a government monopoly with emphasis on political programs. When Hitler came to power in 1933, the Reich Broadcasting Corporation became the major propaganda vehicle for the Nazi party. From 1933-39, the Nazi government subsidized the manufacture of over 7 million affordable Volksempfänger (people’s radio receivers). Few Volksempfänger came with short wave, and sensitivity was generally limited to reception of local stations that broadcast propaganda, news, folk and classical music. Large version Volksempfänger were often wired to loudspeakers in public places. At the start of the war in 1939, all radios sold came with a warning attached to the tuning knob: “Think about this: listening to foreign broadcasts is a crime against the national security of our people. It is a Führer order punishable by prison and hard labour.” As the war progressed, many Germans realized that news from government broadcasts was deceptive and unreliable. But even the small Volksempfänger could provide long wave reception of the BBC or Radio Moscow after dark. Using more powerful pre-war radios or augmenting their Volksempfänger with antennas, many Germans took the risk of listening to Allied radio broadcasts. read more: Hitler’s Radio - Radio - Transdiffusion.
Nazi Salute
April 6, 2015
With undocumented belief that an arm stretched forward with palm facing down was an ancient Roman military salutation, Italian Fascists first adopted it, then the Nazis. (Ironically, the original American Pledge of Allegiance was similar until changed to hand over the heart). The Nazi salute Deutscher Gruß (German Salute)) was reminiscent of a social greeting used among medieval German civilians.  Although often used in Nazi rallies, the Deutscher Gruß, did not become mandatory  in any service until the failed attempt on Hitler's life in July 1944.  
Culture in the Third Reich
January 9, 2015
  Beginning in 1933, the Reich Culture Chamber (composed of chambers for film, music, theater, press, writing , fine arts and radio) regulated all aspects of German culture. Denouncing modern, innovative art as "degenerate" or 'Bolshevist," Nazi artists such as Arthur Kampf and Adolf Ziegler  glorified the peasantry, "Aryans" and military heroism. German architects such as Paul Troost and Albert Speer constructed monumental edifices intended to convey the neoclassical greatness of Nazism. Nazi writers such as Adolf Bartels and Hans Baumann were promoted, and politically unacceptable books were removed from public libraries. Peasant literature, historical Volk novels and war novels were considered most appropriate. The state- subsidized motion picture industry was an important propaganda tool with films such as Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will" and Wolfgang Liebeneiner's "The Dismissal." In music, the Nazis promoted the works of German composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Anton Bruckner, and Richard Wagner, while prohibiting performances of works by "non-Aryans" such as Felix Mendelssohn and Gustav Mahler. Theater companies produced National Socialist dramas and plays by great German writers such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller .  
2014
Driving In Nazi Germany
October 24, 2014
This is a great link describing Driver Education in Nazi Germany: Whoa, Driving Around In Nazi Germany Was Super Intense.
Der Führer Hates Smoking
October 17, 2014
“Brother national socialist, do you know that your Führer is against smoking and thinks that every German is responsible to the whole people for all his deeds and omissions, and does not have the right to damage his body with drugs?” "Nazi Germany was governed by a health-conscious political elite bent on European conquest and genocidal extermination.” The Nazi War on Cancer by Robert N. Proctor. In 1939, German scientists presented the first epidemiological study linking tobacco use and cancer.  German research also reported the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Nazi Germany launched an anti-smoking campaign that limited advertising, discouraged smoking in the workplace, and banned it in cinemas and schools. Men in uniform could not smoke and women could not buy cigarettes in public places.   
Eleanor Roosevelt
September 5, 2014
  As the mother of four sons on active duty, the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt became an important symbol of patriotism during WWII.  She insisted that the White House practice the same food and gas rationing system as the rest of the country, participated in air raid drills and learned how to use a gas mask. In her volunteer wartime efforts, she reflected and emphasized the work of American women who held jobs previously performed by men before they were sent overseas. She had a victory garden planted on the south lawn of the White House and made frequent radio appeals for Red Cross donations. Throughout WWII in public remarks and writings, she emphasized the role of democracy against the tyranny of fascism  A frequent public critic of Hitler and Mussolini – they in turn made personal attacks against her in their own broadcasts. Read her syndicated newspaper column My Day for this day 72 years ago.
Aryans – Herrenvolk
August 15, 2014
  In the late 19th century, the concept of an "Aryan" race proposed that the descendants of Indo-European language speakers constituted a distinct sub-race of Caucasians. Although originally intended only as a linguistic classification, proponents of white supremacism (e.g. Nazis) claimed that the Aryan race was a master race. In his 1922 book Rassenkunde des deutschen Volkes, racial theorist Hans F. K. Günther identified the Aryan race in Europe as having five subtype races: Nordic, Mediterranean, Dinaric, Alpine, and East Baltic, with Nordics being the highest in the racial hierarchy. Each racial subtype had physical (hair, eye, and skin color, facial structure) and certain emotional traits and religious beliefs. Adolf Hitler embraced the concept of Aryan Herrenvolk (master race) and believed that Jews and the vast majority of Slavs, who had dangerous non-Aryan Asiatic  origins, were Untermenschen (subhumans). For photos of Nazi Germany home front see my board on Pinterest.
Volksgerichtshof Court
April 23, 2014
    The German Volksgerichtshof  (People's Court) was established in 1934 by Chancellor Adolf Hitler to function outside the constitutional legal framework. The Volksgerichtshof had jurisdiction over a large number of political offenses, including black marketing, work slowdowns, defeatism and treason against the Third Reich. These crimes, viewed as undermining military capacity were punished severely, frequently by execution.  
2012
Lost Horizon
January 20, 2012
  In the midst of the Depression, the popular novel Lost Horizon, written by James Hilton in 1933, depicted Shangri-La, a fictional utopian community, hidden in the mountains of Tibet.
King Kong
January 8, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0WpKl2A_2k Who can forget this animated 1933 film, featuring the iconic King Kong, battling an airplane atop the Empire State building?
Chicago World’s Fair
January 6, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjOBS8Nw7Wk The Chicago World’s Fair, known as the "Century of Progress Exposition" opened in 1933 with photoelectric lights powered by the rays of the star Arcturus. With more than 48 million visitors over two years, the Fair honored past scientific achievements and provided a fascinating view into the future.
Japan Extends Annexation of China
January 4, 2012
In 1933, citing security issues in Manchukuo, the Japanese attacked the Great Wall region, annexing Rehe province and a demilitarized zone between the Great Wall and Beiping-Tianjin region. The result was creation of a buffer region between Manchukuo and the Chinese Nationalist government in Nanjing.
FDR Assassination Attempt
January 2, 2012
In February 1933, Giuseppe Zangara, a  bricklayer who didn't  "like no peoples," shot five people in Miami in an attempt to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt. Sentenced to 80 years imprisonment for attempted murder, Zangara was quickly retried when one victim, Chicago Mayor Anton Cernak, died. Only 5 weeks after the attempted assassination, Zangara was electrocuted.
2011
Bunraku Puppets
December 30, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV938f46Wpg Bunraku, a traditional puppet theatre begun in Osaka in 1684, is accompanied by chanting and the musical instrument shamisen. Three cloaked puppeteers, appearing in full view of the audience, bring each puppet to life.
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
December 28, 2011
This song was composed by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach for the 1933 operetta Roberta.  The first popular recording was this rendition by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra with Bob Lawrence on vocal, However, I think it's hard to beat the great 1958 rendition by the Platters.
Fireside Chat
December 19, 2011
Upon election, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt immediately began to institute a series of aggressive governmental actions designed to ameliorate the Great Depression. To calm the public and gain support for his New Deal programs, he gave folksy "Fireside Chats" over the radio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt9f-MZX-58
Give a Man a Job!
December 16, 2011
Midst the Great Depression, the beloved comedian Jimmy Durante, known as the Schnozzola for his big nose, passionately promotes the National Recovery Act.
Prohibition Repealed
December 12, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfXqPO3TQmA In 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, ending the increasingly unpopular nationwide prohibition of alcohol.
Imperial Japanese Navy
December 9, 2011
Emerging from the Depression, Imperial japan was moving full speed ahead as a major air and naval power in the Pacific.
Adolf Hitler Becomes German Chancellor
December 2, 2011
https://youtu.be/vLzHvtf80PM
Japan leaves the League of Nations
November 23, 2011
When the League of Nations issued a statement admonishing Japan for aggression in Manchuria, the Japanese delegation stunned the world by walking out of the Geneva assembly in February 1933.  The exit of Yosuke Matsukoa and his staff was met with mingled hisses and applause from the gallery.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
November 21, 2011
Promising a "New Deal", the charismatic Franklin Delano Roosevelt won all but six states in the Presidential election of 1932. In his inauguration speech, he declared: "Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is, fear itself..."
Japanese Cartoon
September 9, 2011
This Japanese cartoon employs sophisticated anime technique in a Kabuki-like style. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyGvGMa2RFg

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