This cartoon presented by the Looney Toons in 1942 is essentially a digital propaganda poster. During those war times opposing countries would create propaganda in order to “hype up’” their populations in order to support the war efforts. Throughout the cartoon, the dictators at the time of the Axis-Powers are in the forms of ducks whilst the whole environment takes place in a barn/village. As you could imagine, the “ducktators” were mocked continuously within the episode. Within the video you can catch little easter eggs relating to the time period such as a citizen yelling “this one’s for pearl harbor!”, and the constant advertising of war bonds. Further more on the war bond advertising, there was a high chance that Looney Toons and the army could have worked together in order to further the war bond popularity since television and other sources of media took over the world. MLA Citation: TheBestFilmArchives. “The Ducktators | World War 2 Era Propaganda Cartoon | 1942.” YouTube, YouTube, 23 June 2014, www.youtube.com/watch?v=522qtqjSagM.
Titled “Germany Shall Never Be Encircled” this political cartoon shows Hitler hugging the globe. The cartoon was made so the public could acknowledge the fact that Hitler wanted to rule the world and become the strongest leader to ever exist. To further this idea, Hitler himself said that the Third Reich would last for 1,000 years. MLA Citation: “World War II.” History of Political Cartoons, historyofpoliticalcartoons.weebly.com/world-war-ii.html.
Starring Brad Pitt who plays the role as a leader of jewish soldiers whose intent is to combat the Nazis, the Hollywood film “Inglourious Basterds” takes place during the beginning of Germany’s occupation in France. Throughout the movie you see Brad Pitt and his band of Jewish soldiers combating Nazis in order to get closer to the antagonist of the movie. Additionally, Brad Pitt ends up teaming up with Diane Kruger, she plays an undercover agent. Their foe, played by Christoph Waltz, has the role of a very high-ranking Nazi officer, to summarize the guy: he is super messed up. Throughout the movie you’ll get a general idea of how the general population was in Europe at the time during the Nazis domination. MLA Citation: “Inglourious Basterds (2009).” IMDb, IMDb.com, www.imdb.com/title/tt0361748/.
This picture was taken after the bombing of Nagasaki during WW2, the bombing took place on August 9th, 1945 and the attack was led by the ally powers.The allies also bombed the city of Hiroshima on August 6th, due to the bombings, Japan was forced to surrender. Looking back on this event in history it makes me think of what humans are truly capable of. It’s truly shocking that something was created to inflict destruction on the scale that it did and it was only 73 years ago. War brings out the worst in humans and now that we as students have learned about this historic event I believe we are smart enough to create a solution. MLA Citation: “A Photo-Essay on the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” Gwendolyn Bennett's Life and Career, www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/levine/bombing.htm.
This article published in 2015 essentially talks about the long lasting effects the war had on humans when it was going on and how they’ve affected us today. During the war there were many gruesome events - most notably the Holocaust, the article touches on how we today acknowledge what happened in the Holocaust and how it has affected us in the present day. The author also makes note of how WWI showed the world a whole new understanding of what war was and what it could be but when WWII came around it was on a whole other caliber of technology, strategy, and brutality. On the good side though due to the fact that the world has changed so significantly we as the people can look to hopefully not experience anymore dictators as cruel as Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. MLA Citation: Ben-Ghiat, Ruth. “From the Ashes of World War II's End (Opinion).” CNN, Cable News Network, 7 Dec. 2015, www.cnn.com/2015/05/08/opinions/ben-ghiat-end-of-world-war-ii/index.html.
This newspaper was issued by the New York Times shortly after the Nazi army invaded Poland. According to the paper, Hitler warned Poland that they could have a peaceful arrangement and not resort to violence but Poland denied Hitler’s request. Due to the fact that Hitler invaded Poland, Hitler made it very clear that no foreigners were to fly to Poland or the planes would be shot down. The invasion of Poland was one of the earliest but also one of the most notable events along the WW2 timeline. The world was shocked, uncertain, and conflicted on what to do about Hitler taking over small parts of Europe. America as a country was especially conflicted with itself during this time due to isolationism. MLA Citation: The New York Times, The New York Times, archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0901.html#article.