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Based on the anti-Nazi war propaganda book by Gregor Ziemer, it tells a grim story of how children in Nazi Germany are molded into merciless soldiers. The short was directed by Clyde Geronimi with much of the animation handled by Ward Kimball. The film features the story of Little Hans , a boy born and raised in Nazi Germany, who is bred to become a merciless soldier. At the beginning of the film, a German couple prove to a Nazi supreme judge that they are of pure Aryan blood and agree to give their son, whom they name Hans at the approval of the judge, into the service of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. They are given a copy of Mein Kampf by the judge as a reward for their service to Hitler. There then follows the only extended comical section of the cartoon, the tone of which is very light compared to the rest of the film. The audience is told that as Hans grows up, he hears a distorted version of Sleeping Beauty depicting Hitler as the knight in shining armor rescuing Sleeping Beauty, an obese Valkyrie representing Germany, from a wicked witch, representing democracy.
Ziemer was an American author and educator who lived in Germany from , who wrote the book after fleeing Germany on the eve of World War II. Focusing on the main character, Hans, the film depicts his life from birth until his demise, conveying how from his earliest years his mind is molded in the Nazi way of thinking. In the successful Disney style of educating while entertaining, Education for Death intersperses lighthearted moments with the dark subject matter. One of these moments occurs when Hans is in kindergarten and learns the story of Sleeping Beauty.