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Sherman Grinberg
Paramount
C1101B
SR005478_01_04.mov
7/14/1941
US Interior Secretary Harold Ickes says the American people are determined to defeat Adolf Hitler at all costs
SOT Harold L. Ickes, US Interior Secretary, at a "France Forever" rally on Bastille Day: "We are fighting the scourge of [Adolf] Hitler who is bent upon destroying civilization, who has announced his intention to dominate the world; with whom hatred for democracy is a wild obsession. If Hitler should conquer Russia, it would not be a defeat of communism; it would be world-shaking victory for Nazism. Let me tell you what would happen if Hitler were to defeat Russia; he would acquire enormous stores of military supplies - planes, guns, tanks, trucks, submarines. He would seize vast oil fields and refineries. He would come into possession of a staggering amount of natural resources - coal, minerals, and timber. He would control more than eleven billion bushels of wheat, rye, oats, barley and corn - which not only are vital food stuffs, but are also capable of yielding important oils."… "He would be in a position to make slaves of nearly 200,000,000 Russians. He would stop all aid to China, so that Japan would be free for new reckless adventures in Asia and in the Pacific. Hitler would become a menace to nearby Alaska and threaten our Pacific coast and outlying islands. Hitler hates us just as vengefully today as did the German General staff a quarter-century ago."… "Even before he came into power, Hitler said that he hated America because it was the strength of America that brought about the defeat of Germany in the last World War. If we permit Britain to be defeated, Hitler will be in a position to wreak his vengeance upon us. This must not happen. The American people are determined to defeat Hitler at all costs. What we are engaged in is a struggle for our existence as a free nation. If Britain depends upon us for help in her fight to remain a free nation, we depend, in equal measure, upon Britain. Whether it shall be France Forever, in the future as in the past, hinges upon the outcome of the momentous struggle that is going on in the world today…."
Harold Ickes
United States
New York
New York City

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