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The Roosevelt Administration and Film during the War

M. B. B. Biskupski

in Hollywood’s War with Poland 1939–1945

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125596
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135335 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125596.003.0005
The Roosevelt Administration and Film during the War

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Poland's travails had no consequences for American policy, and public opinion continued to oppose active American involvement in the war after the September campaign. Within months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Washington quite obviously had no intention of opposing Soviet territorial expansion at Polish expense and was unconcerned about the protection of Polish sovereignty. In April 1942, Theodore Roosevelt told Under Secretary of State Adolf Berle that he “would not particularly mind” if Russia seized all of eastern Poland. This was a direct contradiction of the Atlantic Charter he had signed only weeks before. The most charitable observation is that Roosevelt simply did not know what he was talking about. The Roosevelt administration was keenly aware of the influence of film in rallying public opinion and maintaining domestic unity, and hence took rapid steps to involve the film industry in the war effort.

Keywords: Poland; American policy; sovereignty; Theodore Roosevelt; Russia; Atlantic Charter; film industry; public opinion

Chapter.  6147 words. 

Subjects: Film

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