History 104: Western Civilization since 1648

Lecture: World War II

Grosz's painting

George Grosz
I Am Glad I Came Back (1943)

Based on a German poem from World War I, the song "Lili Marlene" was loved by both German and American soldiers in World War II. Here it's sung by Marlene Dietrich, an anti-Nazi German-born movie star who became an American citizen:

Lyrics in German
Lyrics in English


We enter parliament in order to supply ourselves, in the arsenal of democracy, with its own weapons.... If democracy is so stupid as to give us free tickets and salaries for this bear’s work, that is its affair.... We do not come as friends, nor even as neutrals. We come as enemies. As the wolf bursts into the flock, so we come.

--Joseph Goebbels, Nazi leader, 1928


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