Nazi Propaganda

By: Sydney Mullin 7th Period

"Propaganda tries to force a doctrine on the whole people... Propaganda works on the general public from the standpoint of an idea and makes them ripe for the victory of this idea." Adolf Hitler wrote these words in his book Mein Kampf (1926)

What is Propaganda? How is it used?

This topic is very important because many people don't understand why the Germans let Hitler take over Germany and do the terrible things he did. But propaganda is a powerful tool used to sway many opinions.


Propaganda is the art of persuading people into believing what you believe. It is something that must be done skillfully and sneakily. Many believe that Hitler was the single German leader that persuaded the world but that is incorrect. Julius Streicher was a very influential Nazi leader. In a speech Streicher made in 1922 in Nürnberg, he made his point, Jews are to blame, by starting this influential speech like this:



“We know that Germany will be free when the Jew has been excluded from the life of the German people."

In another speech in he said: "I beg you and particularly those of you who carry the cross throughout the land to become somewhat more serious when I speak of the enemy of the German people, namely, the Jew. Not out of irresponsibility or for fun do I fight against the Jewish enemy, but because I bear within me the knowledge that the whole misfortune was brought to Germany by the Jews alone.


I ask you once more, what is at stake today? The Jew seeks domination not only among the German people but among all peoples. The communists pave the way for him. Do you not know that the God of the Old Testament orders the Jews to consume and enslave the peoples of the earth?


"The government allows the Jew to do as he pleases. The people expect action to be taken. You may think about Adolf Hitler as you please, but one thing you must admit. He possessed the courage to attempt to free the German people from the Jew by a national revolution. That was action indeed." He brings up Hitler to, once again, compliment one of the few people who are responsible for the deaths of millions of helpless people.


In April 1925, Streicher declared: "You must realize that the Jew wants our people to perish. That is why you must join us and leave those who have brought you nothing but war, inflation, and discord. For thousands of years the Jew has been destroying the nations. Let us make a new beginning today so that we can annihilate the Jews." Using this form of propaganda, his goal is to make the people of Germany feel like they are united and all fighting the same fight together.


"Nazi Germany - Propaganda." Nazi Germany. Web. 04 Feb. 2016. http://www.historyonthenet.com/Nazi_Germany/propaganda.htm.

Nazi Propaganda

The Nazis rose to power in the beginning of the Third Reich. The term “Third Reich” was used to describe the Nazi government in Germany from January 30, 1933, to May 8, 1945. Violence and economic troubles shook Germany into a spiral of troubles. Adolf Hitler rose to power, proclaiming himself as the ruler of Germany. Nazis used propaganda carefully and forcefully. They even convinced National Socialists and non-Nazi Germans, and also the anti-Nazi group to share their beliefs. Many people were firm believers in nonviolence and the Nazis noticed that through propaganda they could sway their view.


"Third Reich." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 29 Jan. 2016. Web. 04 Feb. 2016. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007331.

Facts

  1. Nazis rewrote history books to show how the Jews were to blame. So kids grew up reading about how the Jews were to blame for all Germany's failures.

  2. The Nazis hardly ever called themselves “Nazis”. Hitler disliked it intensely and it was rarely used within the party itself.

  3. Adolf Hitler was well known for his dislike of meat. He was a vegetarian for most of his life, Hitler’s cooks were under strict instructions not to add any meat to his meals. Hitler also planned to make policies to stop Germany’s consumption of meat, after the war was over.

  4. Hitler had a huge ‘sweet tooth', he ate a lot of cake, pastries, chocolate and sugar. He sometimes took as many as five teaspoons of sugar in his tea.

  5. Hitler also didn’t like drinking alcohol and greatly disliked people smoking. People who had meetings with Hitler were told not to smoke for several hours beforehand, and not to wear clothing or uniforms that smelled of tobacco.



"34 Facts About Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler." About.com Education. Web. 04 Feb. 2016. http://history1900s.about.com/od/hitleradolf/a/Hitler-Facts.htm.

"Nazi Germany Trivia and Strange Facts." Nazi Germany. 22 May 2012. Web. 04 Feb. 2016. http://alphahistory.com/nazigermany/nazi-germany-trivia/#sthash.rgzTQpP0.dpuf.

"22 Surprising Facts About: Nazi Germany." YouTube. YouTube, Web. 04 Feb. 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz-Ilt9JoK8.

Conclusion

Propaganda is a commonly used form of persuasion. Highly used during the Third Reich. Hitler and his officials used this to persuade many people to turn on the Jews. Nazis blamed Jews for violence and pain when they were the people who caused it.

Links to Additional Information

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005202

This is a national museum website with credible information. This website is very easy to read and gives good information.

http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/holoprelude/nazprop.html

This website will give you examples of Nazi Propaganda. It is a website that a group of researchers have put together so people all around the world can access it.