An anti-Nazi film produced by the U.S. in the 1940s has gone viral following the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville at the weekend.
A clip from Don’t Be a Sucker, a short movie warning of the dangers of bigotry and hatred that was produced in the wake of World War II, was shared widely on social media as people drew comparisons with the events depicted in the film and the current political climate in the U.S.
1947 anti-fascist video made by US military to teach citizens how to avoid falling for people like Trump is relevant again. pic.twitter.com/vkTDD1Tplh
The film shows a man who claims to be “an American American” addressing a crowd from a soapbox and blaming minorities and immigrants for the ills of the nation. A man in the crowd identifies himself as an American citizen of Hungarian descent who witnessed the rise of the Nazis in Berlin.
“I thought Nazis were crazy people, stupid fanatics.”, he says. “Unfortunately it was not so. They knew they were not strong enough to conquer a unified country, so they split Germany into small groups. They used prejudice as a practical weapon to cripple the nation.”
The clip from the movie was first shared by anthropologist Michael Oman-Reagan and post been retweeted more than 150,000 times. You can watch the original 17-minute version in full below.