Nazi Propaganda

Kaitlyn Acker, 1st Period

Background on the Holocaust

The holocaust is a time where a group of people called Nazis attempted to murder every single person of the Jewish religion under German control. Not only Jews were slaughtered though, Gypsies, disabled people, Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, homosexuals, and Jehovah's Witnesses were killed or were slaves. Nazis believed themselves to be superior to other races or religions. Jewish people were so low to them they believed them to be “subhuman.” Six million Jewish people(1,500,000 children) were killed because of the Holocaust. Many Jews were gassed or worked to death. The Holocaust was a horrific time in history and will never be forgotten.

Here are a few images of Nazi Propaganda

Nazi Propaganda

In 1929 Joseph Goebbels was chosen by Hitler to be the Minister of Propaganda. He chose to use simple images and sayings that were repeated several times that were used to get more people to support the Nazi party. They used Propaganda on newspapers, leaflets, and poster campaigns. “He orchestrated large political military rallies to build support.” These events were organized with banners and marching bands. These rallies, along with Hitler’s speeches, were broadcasted on the radio. Goebbels's goal was to change the German culture to be Nazis. Adolf Hitler established a Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda in 1933. This was headed by Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels wanted to make sure that ten Nazi message would be expressed through press, art, music, educational materials, theatre, books, films, and radio. This Propaganda made people who supported the Nazi party feel okay harming the Jewish people, especially in 1935. Nazis believed that violating the Jews was the right thing to do. The propaganda even convinced foreign countries that the Nazis were not doing something horrible and unjust. When the Soviet Union was invaded by Germany, propaganda was stressed to police, soldiers, citizens, and non-German auxiliaries. Nazi films portrayed Jews as creatures that were below humans. One film, The Eternal Jew, was made in 1940 and was directed by Fritz Hippler. The film made Jews look like “cultural parasites, consumed by sex and money.” Other films like, The Triumph of the Will, by Leni Riefenstahl in 1935, Hitler was glorified as well as the National Socialist movement.
Adolf Hitler speeches HD Colour (English Subtitles)

10 Facts about The Holocaust

1.Jewish people, before the Holocaust, were just like normal people who lived their lives like everyone else.

2.Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 in Austria.

3.Some propaganda would show Nazis as healthy, handsome, hardworking men and Jewish men as fat, smoking, and greedy people.

4.The Minister of Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, took control of all radio stations and he censored press, movies, art, and theater.

5. Books written by Nazi enemies or Jewish people were banned by Joseph Goebbels.

6.To control art and culture, Joseph set up a "Reich Chamber of Culture" that all musicians, actors, and writers had to be a member of.

7.All German citizens were expected to be in a Nazi- controlled organization.

8.One organization called "Hitler Youth" ensured that children would continue to see Jews as horrible, evil creatures and this group contained almost 9,000,000 members.

9.Before seeing a movie, Nazi propaganda documentaries were shown and people had to watch them.

10.Older people were not as easily convinced by Nazi Propaganda than younger people.


The Holocaust was an extremely horrible, sad time in history. Propaganda was used to "trick" people into the Nazi culture. Joseph Goebbels had many different strategies to use propaganda such as books, posters, theater, radio, ect. The way Joseph "made" the Nazis think of Jews were as evil creatures that weren't even humans. Goebbels managed to persuade millions of people to become Nazis. The Holocaust was a very dark time that will never be forgotten and we will always remember those who were lost in this time.

Works Cited

Pictures: Bytwerk, Randall. "German Propaganda Archive." Bytwerk. N.p., 2001. Web. 01 Feb.2016. posters2.htm

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