Don't Be a Sucker!
Don't Be a Sucker! is a short film produced by the US War Department in 1943 and re-released in 1947. It has anti-racist and anti-fascist themes. The film was made to make the case for the desegregation of the United States armed forces.
- Public speaker: I see negroes holding jobs that belong to me and you. Now I ask you, if we allow this thing to go on, what’s going to happen to us real Americans?
Hungarian man: I've heard this kind of talk before, but I never expected to hear it in America.
- Hungarian Man:In this country we have no "other people", we are American people, all of us.
Mike:Well, what about you, you're not American, are you?
Hungarian Man: I was born in Hungary but now I am an American citizen. And I have seen what this kind of talk can do — I saw it in Berlin.
Mike: What were you doing there?
Hungarian Man: I was a professor at the university. I heard the same words we have heard today. But I was a fool then. I thought Nazis were crazy people, stupid fanatics. 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.
- Catholic Priest: No doubt is possible, we christians are in a grave battle. Against us stands a faith out of blood. The Battle Signals range from cool repudiation, to hate-filled causes. Weapons are used that centuries have dulled. The aim of this battle, is to dislodge Christianity from Our Fatherland.
Hungarian Man: This Catholic Priest was arrested the following way on charges of "immorality." The Protestant Church also continued to try and fight for truth.
Protestant Preacher: He who desires liberty for himself, can not deny to others, lest he loose what he has gained. This is the great lesson the world can learn from Germany.
Hungarian Man : The Nazis threw this man in a concentration camp. There were other people who tried to fight for truth, and I am proud to say that educators were among them.
Anti-Nazi Teacher: And what may I ask, is an Aryan? I don't know myself. But let's see what our present so-called "authorities" have to say about him : they say he is tall [shows Goebbels], slender [shows Göring], blue-eyed [shows Rudolf Hess] and blond [shows Hitler]. There is no Aryan race – and more important – there is no master race. There are people who may find these ideas convenient, but science cannot support them. There is no scientific proof that there is any correlation between a man's racial characteristics and his native ability, or character. In all racial groups, we find the same range of potentialities. We find idiots, and geniuses, we find criminals, and philanthropists. We must judge each man as an individual, and not by the color of his skin, or his eyes, or by the length of his nose.
[Hitler youth members enter in full uniform]
Anti-Nazi Teacher: Come in, gentlemen, make yourselves comfortable. There are differences between individuals. We all have different nationalities, different backgrounds, different ideas about what's right and what's wrong. Like the difference between me and these gentlemen who have just arrived. But that is not a difference in race, it is a difference in the way we think (puts finger to his temple). Remember that. And remember, there is no master race, anyone who tells you differently is lying!
[Smacked and detained by Hitler Youth Members]
Hungarian Man: And so for the most part, truth had been abolished in Germany. Many of my German friends had wondered what had hit them, How did it happen? Where did it start? It started right here. And this is where it could have been stopped. If those people had stood together, if they had protected each other, they could have resisted the Nazi Threat. Together they would have been strong, but once they allowed themselves to be split apart, they were helpless.