Dr. Seuss’s Post War Video on the Occupation of Germany

first published on February 21, 2019 by

The Department of Defense has released Theodor Seuss Geisel’s 1945 propaganda film about peace in Europe after World War II. Your job in Germany.

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The short film you are about to watch was written by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, in 1944 at the conclusion of World War 2. It was produced by famed film director Frank Capra, and shown to U.S. Army Soldiers who were tasked with occupying the country of Germany post-war. The 13-minute-long film, which is described by the Department of Defense as culturally insensitive, has been released into the public domain and comes to us courtesy of the Defense Department.

Along with the short you are about to watch, Geisel was also responsible for writing Our Job in Japan, and thePrivate Snafu mini-series, both of which were shown to Soldiers. Our Job in Japan would later be re-released commercially as a documentary film titled Design for Death, a study of Japanese culture that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1947.

Geisel joined the war efforts in 1942 drawing posters for the Treasury Department and the War Production Board. In 1943 he would officially be commissioned into the United States Army at the rank of Captain, where he took control of Animation Department of the First Motion Picture Unit of the United States Army Air Forces creating animated propaganda shorts to boost the moral of troops in the field.

Warning: Some parts of the video you are about to see may now be considered culturally insensitive.



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