It wasn’t as simple as you’d think..People still dropped like flies from common infections. Even in 1945 one in 900 women still died in childbirth. It wasn’t until vaccinations became common in the 1940s and 1950s that the death rates for those under five crashed. The 1930s were the worst period of economic collapse we’ve experienced in the U.S., despite the current unemployment being greater than the 22% experienced then (the catch is that more than one person in a household works today, rather than one breadwinner back then, plus the myriad of social programs, so a higher number of persons out of work doesn’t translate to as many soup lines.).The world was gearing up to fight the largest war ever fought, thanks to the Socialist revolutions in Russia, Germany, Austria, Albania, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Greece. Some 20 million civilians in the USSR and Germany would die from simply being in the way. 12 million Jews and east Europeans would be gassed and burned. 13.7 million Soviet military casualties, mainly due to shock armies and a lack of regard for life that even shocked the hardened Wehrmacht. The Germans lost 3.5 million military in their prideful attempt to take over Europe..On the other side of the world, some 20 million Chinese would die at the hands of the Japanese, along with 8 million or so Indians, Thais, Burmese, Malaysians and roughly 1 million Phillippinos. The Japanese would suffer 2.5 million dead. Firebombings would take hundreds of thousands of casualties, the worst being 45,000 in one night in a Tokyo firebombing..No, life was not simple then.