Your Job in Germany
|Your Job in Germany|
|Directed by||Frank Capra (uncredited)|
|Written by||Theodor S. Geisel (uncredited)|
Your Job In Germany is a short film made for the United States War Department in 1945 just before Victory in Europe (VE) day. It was shown to U.S. soldiers about to go on occupation duty in Germany. The film was made by the military films unit commanded by Frank Capra, and was written by Theodor Geisel, who is better known by his pen name Dr. Seuss.
The movie was produced by the U.S. Army Signal corps, and was criticized by one commentator as a "bitter and angry anti-German propaganda film", that characterized the post-war German mind as "diseased".
The film urged against fraternization with the German people, who are portrayed as thoroughly untrustworthy. It reminds its viewers of Germany's history of aggression, under "Führer Number 1" Otto von Bismarck, "Führer Number 2" Kaiser Wilhelm II and "Führer Number 3" Adolf Hitler. It argues that German youth were especially dangerous because they had spent their entire lives under the Nazi regime.
- "The Nazi party may be gone, but Nazi thinking, Nazi training and Nazi trickery remains. The German lust for conquest is not dead.... You will not argue with them. You will not be friendly.... There will be no fraternization with any of the German people"
The head of Warner Brothers, Jack Warner, secured the rights to the movie and turned into a short documentary, titled "Hitler Lives?". It was released commercially on December 29, 1945 and won the 1946 Academy Award (Oscar award) for Short documentary.
In popular culture
- Our Job in Japan (a companion film to Your Job In Germany that was also written by Geisel).
- Here Is Germany
- Death Mills
- List of Allied propaganda films of World War II
- Morgan, Judith; Morgan, Neil (1995). Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel. Random House. pp. 110–113. ISBN 0-679-41686-2.
- Robert Niemi, "History in the media: film and television history in the media", p.84
- Judith Morgan, Neil Morgan, "Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: a biography", p.111
- Judith Morgan, Neil Morgan, "Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: a biography", p.113
- Todd Peterson, "Theodor Seuss Geisel: author and illustrator", p47
- Hollings, Ken (January 2002). "Cabaret Voltaire". The Wire (215).
- Your Job in Germany at the Internet Movie Database
- The short film Your Job In Germany (1945) is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
- Online version of film at Der Spiegel website.