Propaganda

nazi propaganda title page“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human”. – Aldous Huxley

Hitler understood that propaganda would serve as a very clear and important means to an end; it was an integral part of the war that the Nazis waged against the Jews of Europe, taking on many different forms. The Nazi regime implemented a systematic, overarching strategy of persuasion, from the Reichs Ministry down, which pervaded every sphere of German life, manifesting itself in all spheres of life, from the grandiose yearly Nuremberg Rally to even the smallest symbolic act of power or influence. The intent was to convince and remind people of the greatness of the German people, but also to silence dissenting voices and reduce the awareness of political or cultural alternatives.

 

The ostensible purpose of the propaganda ministry was to promote “enlightenment and propaganda among the populace as to the policies of the Reich government and the national reconstruction of the German fatherland.” In fact, the real purpose was to drive a “mental mobilization” of the masses“ until they can no longer resist us.”In a government press conference in March 16, 1933, Goebbels stated his goal: to mould a population “to think uniformly, to react uniformly, and to place themselves body and soul at the disposal of the government.”

Background
Joseph Goebbels
Reichs Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda
Der Stuermer
Nazi Radio Propaganda
Radio Broadcasters
Leni Riefenstahl
Nazi Cinema

 

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