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Here is an American cartoon from the announcement of the Nazi/Soviet pact.

Discussion in 'Prelude to War & Poland 1939' started by brndirt1, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. brndirt1

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    Here is a political cartoon by Herblock published in America after the Nazi/Soviet pact was announced. Little Red Riding hood is very surprised at whom she finds in "Grandma's bed"!
     

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    And here is a second one I just found.
     

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    "Dr. Seuss Goes to War."
     
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    awesome cartoons
     
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    a couple more...
     
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    I always enjoyed Herblock's cartoons. He had a very acerbic wit. I'd seen the "Scum of the Earth" one many times and always thought it quite pointed. It was only recently that I discovered the Dr. Seuss Goes to War stuff. Political cartoonists are a special breed. Thanks to Thomas Nast for introducing them to America.
     
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    Very nice Clint and OpanaPointer.
     
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    And a bit later on....
     
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    This guy was really smart!

    German–Soviet Axis talks

    Not only the non agresion pact , not only the Comercial agreement in 1939 and 1940.

    They talked about the invasion of the British empire.

    I think it's a What If? in the forum.
     
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    Fantastic cartoons...thx to all for posting. There are a few I had never seen before, including the one with Iran/Iraq in the background.

    I'm trying to think of a good, present day analogy to illustrate just how stunning this Pact was between Hitler and his sworn enemy, Communist Russia. Maybe Iran signing -any- agreement/pact with Israel??
     
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    Cool, especially the ones with Hitler and Stalin)
     
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    I guess it was a pre-war cartoon, about Spanish civil war. Wrong file?


    Spanish workers
     
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    Though its not a cartoon along the same line as the ones posted here I feel I should share this. Its pretty good until the end, which is ungodly cheesy, but what would propaganda be if it wasn't cheesy :p
    YouTube - Donald Duck - Nazi
     
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    What a hoot lol
     
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    These are great.
     
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    these cartoons are very poignant reminders of the era and the general line of thought that it was desired to turn American citizens to. The roosevelt administration perhaps had a more difficult job than withy any generation before or since - the memory of american involvement in World war 1 was still fresh in the minds of many adults, as was the evidence (gassed, disabled, crippled, blinded, and dead American war veterans). The US had not yet come into the present "world policemen" mindset it was to assume in the 1950's and the 1960's, the evil Nazi having by then been crushed and replaced by the evil Communist.

    In reality, in spite of the "we're next!" slant of many of the cartoons - Hitler's attitude towards the USA was not one of hostility but of a firm desire to maintain American neutrality as long as possible. Despite america's late, but war-winning entrance to WW1 and the catastrophic effect it had on any chance for German victory in 1918 (and they were actually very close) Hitler, while respecting US industrial capacity, seemed not to view the USA as a significant military power at all. Hitler had no designs on American territory, possibly due to two vast oceans seperating the US and the continent, and unlike the British there were few conflicting interests between Germany and the USA. Until Pearl Harbor Hitler was determined to keep things that way, only Hitler's insane decision to declare war on the USA provided the official pretext for active American involvement on the continent.

    Worst case in my opinion, even had Germany won the war against England and eventually conquered Russia - the USA would have continued almost unthreatened by Hitler's armys. The USA would have rearmed (maybe exactly as it did anyway during the war) so that no German force could threaten it and technological advances, most importantly the atomic bomb, would have ensured American sovereignity from Nazi Germany.
    so looking back, it seems to me these cartoons were a bit of an exageration in hindsight.
    Of course we're not being similarly brainwashed against this enemy or that one right now?
     

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