The Big Lie

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Transcript of "The Big Lie"  (1951) 
United States Army
"The Big Lie" was a US Army anti-Soviet propaganda film, produced in 1951.

"The great masses will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one."

Adolf Hitler said that, and he broadcast the Big Lie to the world. The Hitler Gang joined in. The Big Lie growing bigger. The Nazi voices are still now, but the Big Lie lives. New faces, new voices: Stalin and the Stalin Gang. The Big Lie, bigger and bigger.

(Nuremberg Rallies) Hitler built an altar to the Big Lie. It was at Nuremberg.
(May Day parades) Stalin built an altar to the Big Lie. It is in Red Square.
The parades are longer, the bands play louder.

(Forced labour in Nazi Germany) "The German people feel happy and content. They know that the Führer will always find ways and means to overcome economic needs."
(Forced labour in the Soviet Union) "The new socialist economy provides citizens with every opportunity to lead a prosperous and cultured life."

(Sham elections in Nazi Germany) There were elections in Germany: phony elections, window dressing for the Big Lie. ("Ja, ja, ja, ja....") One candidate: Adolf Hitler and Nazism - or else!
(Sham elections in the Soviet Union) Elections in Russia: phony elections, window dressing.("Da, da, da, da....") One candidate: Stalin and Communism - or else!

(Nazi show trials) There were courts in Germany: phony courts, phony justice. Phony judges who ranted at the defendants on cue.
(Communist show trials) The Communists have courts too.

(Hitler Youth, Wehrmacht, SS parades) Hitler said: "When the German Reich gives a guarantee of peace, that means it also abides by it."
(Young Pioneers and Red Army parades) Stalin said: "The whole world is aware that the Soviet Union demobilized its forces after the war."

And so an iron curtain fell across Europe, an iron curtain dividing the free world from the slave world.

This is the slave world.

(Badly stocked Soviet food shops) "Communism means not poverty and privation, but the abolition of poverty and privation. The organization of a well-to-do and cultured life for all members of society."

(Animated maps showing Soviet annexations in black, and puppet regimes in grey) This is the slave world, and see how it spread. Some areas were gobbled up. Some became Russian-dominated satellites, in Europe and in Asia.

"We do not covet a hand's breadth of foreign land. The Communist state has no need for foreign expansion. It needs no colonial territory."

This is the hub around which the satellites must revolve, and to the Kremlin came their puppet leaders, to sign away their nation's freedom.

  • Bulgaria: "The Soviet Union has shown by its deeds that it respects the freedom of all nations." Thus the Big Lie came to Bulgaria.
  • Poland: "Union and friendship with the Soviet Union has brought the Polish people freedom and independence." Thus the Big Lie came to Poland.
  • Romania: "The Soviet government does not pursue the aim of altering the existing social structure of Romania." Thus the Big Lie came to Romania.
  • North Korea: "The Korean people themselves must be allowed to settle their internal affairs." Thus the Big Lie came to North Korea.
  • Red China: "The great Chinese people are not alone. They can and will rely more and more on the Soviet Union." Thus the Big Lie came to China.

Sold out - the people of satellite Poland. Sold out to the pattern of parades, the posters of Stalin and Lenin, the Big Lie set to marching tempo, the funeral march of a nation's freedom. Sold out.
Sold out - the people of satellite Romania. "The Romanian people have marched under the leadership of their workers' party, along the correct path of consolidating their fraternal bond with the Soviet Union." Sold out.
Sold out - the people of satellite Hungary. "There is no area of Hungarian socialist life which does not receive constant invaluable assistance from the Soviet Union." Sold out.
Sold out - the people of satellite China. "Every day the working people of the Chinese People's Republic are expressing a fervent desire to master the Russian language - the language of Lenin and Stalin - in order to assimilate still more successfully, the very rich experience in socialist construction of the peoples of the USSR" Sold out.
Sold out - the people of satellite North Korea. "The glorious Korean People's Republic works side by side with the Soviet Union." Sold out.
Sold out - the people of Czechoslovakia. "The Czechoslovakian people treasure as the apple of their eye, alliance and friendship with the great Soviet Union." Sold out.

This is the funeral march of Jan Masaryk, who could not live with the Big Lie. It is also the funeral march of Czechoslovakia's freedom, which is to follow the body of this man into the grave.

One nation behind the Iron Curtain refused to die. The beginning was the same - no Communist leader followed the patterns of the Big Lie more perfectly than Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia.

Like all the others Tito made the pilgrimage to Moscow - "Tito has a brilliant talent for army leadership. He has great personal courage combined with great charm, and the talents of an outstanding politician and stateman."

The something went wrong - wrong for Russia. For the first time the Iron Curtain was pushed back - a slave had escaped. The Russians had new words to describe Tito:

"The coward Tito is a hireling spy and murderer, a bankrupt fascist, a traitor to his country."

In Yugoslav schools, Yugoslav textbooks replaced Russian textbooks.

"The meaning and significance of the fascist crusade against culture launched by the Titoites are becoming increasingly clear."

Yugoslav grain would feed Yugoslavians. It would not feed Russians while Yugoslavians starved.

"The working people of Yugoslavia are rising in struggle against terror and oppression. For bread and their vital rights."

In Yugoslavia the Big Lie had failed.

The Communist have a Bigger Lie - the lie of the dove. Their biggest lie of all. At endless rallies they proclaim it - "Peace, peace". A great and a beautiful word, "peace". But when the Communists mouth it, it means war!

"The bulk of expenditure in the USSR is for the national economy, and for social and cultural undertakings." (Soviet armaments production)
"The whole world is aware that the Soviet Union demobilized its forces after the war." (Soviet military parades)

This is the word, and this is the deed. War in Greece, Communist war.

The dove that goes *BOOM*.

Peace rallies hide the deed with words. Talk peace, act in the ways of war.
"The Soviet Union spends its basic funds on peaceful construction. The entire mode of life of the Soviet people excludes the possibility of attacking other peoples."

This is the word, and this is the deed. War in Indochina, Communist war.

The dove that goes *BOOM*.

Peace rallies hide the deed with words.
"Expenditure is for peaceful production. The Soviet Union pursues a policy of peace."

This is the word, and this is the deed. War in Korea, Communist war.

This is the deed.

The dove that goes *BOOM*.

Peace petitions hide the deed with words. Sign your name hopefully on the line that says "peace" and you sign your life away in Soviet war!
"We do not want war, and we shall do everything possible to avert it. The Soviet Union pursues without retreating a policy of peace and friendship."

This is the word, and this is the deed. War in China, Communist war.

Beware the Big Lie. Beware the dove that Goes *BOOM* !

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).