“We demand that the National Socialist Youth, and all other young Germans, irrespective of class or occupation, between fourteen and eighteen years of age, whose hearts are affected by the suffering and hardships afflicting the Fatherland, and who later desire to join the ranks of the fighters against the Jewish enemy, the sole originator of our present shame and suffering, enter the Youth League of the NSDAP…”
This animated short is tragically relevant as Germany becomes the leader of the Free World.
An American soldier puzzles over what it means to be an American as he observes the enemy and interacts with the other men in of his platoon.
“When we were kids we never thought much about freedom or liberty, maybe that’s because we had so much of it.”
Released in 1945 but made while U.S. Forces were still in combat, “An American soldier, realizes the greatness of his country and determines to assume the share of responsibilities of good citizenship upon his return to civilian life.“
I was nine years old the last time our nation fired a shot while openly declaring war with another nation. And while we have certainly spent the majority of the last few decades fighting abroad and sacrificing the lives of our young men and women in places like Kuwait, Qatar, Baghdad and Syria, the horrific attacks of Sept. 11 are the closest that many of my generation have come to experiencing war first-hand.
As a child, I was only peripherally aware of the Vietnam War and even less so of the Korean War, which ended before I was born. Yet, as the last shot was being fired in Vietnam, I already knew what Pearl Harbor was.
I knew how, on Dec. 7, 1941, a quiet Sunday morning was transformed into a fiery nightmare by Japanese planes that claimed the lives of more than 2,400 servicemen.
I'll occasionally post stuff I write here. It'll probably end up being a mix of life stories and fictional short stories. This blog is very much so a mix-match of various projects, so bear with me while I do this.