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Seventeen year old Los Angeles-born Ralph Lazo (photo) voluntarily entered the Manzanar Japanese-American internment camp after learning his neighbors were being locked up by the government. He later joined the military and helped liberate the Philippines and spent his life “discouraging the occurrence of similar injustices and violations of civil liberties in the future.” [Video by Velshi and Ruhle for MSNBC.]

Did you ever ask yourself WHAT YOU WOULD DO if the time came when the Trump regime’s troopers came to round up your neighbors? THAT TIME IS NOW.

Der Fuehrer’s Face (originally titled Donald Duck in Nutzi Land) is a 1943 American animated anti-Nazi propaganda short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in 1943 by RKO Radio Pictures.

The cartoon, which features Donald Duck in a nightmare setting working at a factory in Nazi Germany, was made in an effort to sell war bonds and is an example of American propaganda during World War II.

The film was directed by Jack Kinney and written by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer from the original music by Oliver Wallace. The film is well known for Wallace’s original song Der Fuehrer’s Face, which was actually released earlier by Spike Jones.

Der Fuehrer’s Face won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 15th Academy Awards. It was the only Donald Duck film to receive the honor, although eight other films were also nominated.

In 1994, it was voted Number 22 of “the 50 Greatest Cartoons” of all time by members of the animation field. However, because of the propagandistic nature of the short, and the depiction of Donald Duck as a Nazi (albeit a reluctant one), Disney kept the film out of general circulation after its original release.

Its first home video release came in 2004 with the release of the third wave of the Walt Disney Treasures DVD sets.

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casablancaThe Nazis are all, “Hey let’s sing our Nazi song!” but the freedom-loving Frenchies hanging out at Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca are all, like, “Non. Non! NON!”
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Mexico: FOR Liberty, AGAINST Nazis (WWII toons, video)

by HABLO PICASSO December 19, 2016 Cartoons
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Seventy-some years ago, Mexico joined the Allies (AKA the United Nations) to fight against Nazi Germany. Contrast and compare with 2016 when the U.S.A. will soon be “led” by its very own homegrown fascist. Back in the good old days, the U.S. Office of Inter-American Affairs produced and released the propaganda flick Mexican Moods praising […]

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Rudy Martinez, killed at Pearl Harbor, was WWII’s first Latino casualty

by Comic Saenz December 7, 2016 Cultura
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When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on this date in 1941, Mexican-American sailor Rudy Martinez, from San Diego, was one of the 2000-plus servicemen killed. On the “Date That Will Live In Infamy,” he became the first Latino casualty of the Second World War. Fox News Latino shared the story:

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La Cucaracha cooks up a Happy Memorial Day (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz May 30, 2016 Cartoons
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Rudy Martinez, killed at Pearl Harbor, was WWII’s first Latino casualty

by Lucida Grandé December 7, 2015 Cultura
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When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on this date in 1941, Mexican-American sailor Rudy Martinez, from San Diego, was one of the 2000-plus servicemen killed. On the “Date That Will Live In Infamy,” he became the first Latino casualty of the Second World War. Fox News Latino shared the story:

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Happy Memorial Day from La Cucaracha to You (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz May 23, 2015 Cartoons
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Elise Roedenbeck: Uncle Sam’s Propaganda Video History Roundup

by Comic Saenz June 20, 2014 Cultura
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With the United States government hitting the digital airwaves with an anti-Boko Haram TV channel (we loved their Whiter Shade of Pale but kidnapping those girls in Nigeria was too much), our MiJA, Elise Roedenbeck, dusts off some old Uncle Sam propaganda for historical context and stuff. On the Twtter, btw, she’s @buttronica.

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Did you know? U.S. ‘interned’ Peruvians of Japanese descent (audio)

by Lucida Grandé June 16, 2014 Audio
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Not only did Uncle Sam lock up Japanese-Americans in “internment camps” during World II, but a 1942 regional security pact also became the legal cover for shipping 1800 Peruvians of Japanese descent to the very same camps. Carmen Utako Tochio Villanueva (photo), who was born into one of those families in a Texas internment camp, […]

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RIP Chester Nez, last of the original Navajo Code Talkers (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA June 11, 2014 Cartoons
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In their own words: ‘Hispanic Veterans Remembered’ (video)

by Soy Capitan May 28, 2012 Cultura
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In this documentary, Latino veterans share their stories of their time in the military.

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U.S. ♥ Mexico WWII propaganda film: ‘Mexican Moods’ (1942)

by JUNIOR WENCES April 21, 2012 Cultura
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Seventy years ago, when Mexico joined the Allies (AKA the United Nations) to fight against Nazi Germany, the U.S. Office of Inter-American Affairs produced and released Mexican Moods praising our new BFF. Sometimes shaky period color footage is matched by shaky period narration and musical production numbers as the film celebrates Mexico’s joining the United […]

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