Friday, November 30, 2012

Military Propaganda

One of the most powerful weapons used by the Nazis during the war was their skillful propaganda. Its goal was to force Nazi ideas on the civilians. Propaganda was used to justify antisemitism and other Nazi ideals. In Hitler's book Mein Kampf, Hitler stated that "propaganda tries to force a doctrine on the whole people... Propaganda works on the general public from the standpoint of and idea and makes them ripe for the victory of this idea." Mein Kampf was Hitler's first way of using propaganda to spread the principles of National Socialism. In 1933 Hitler created a Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment whose goal was to make sure that the Nazi's message was successfully communicated through radio, the press and other types of media.

                                         This sign says "No entrance for Poles." Signs like these led to 
                                             the propaganda and destruction of the Poles. 

                                                This is an antisemitic poster calling Jews warmongers.

                                               "Bolshevism without a mask - large anti-Bolshevik exhibition of the NSDAP Gauleitung Berlin from       November 6, 1937 to December 19, 1937 in the Reichstag Building."

The goal of this poster is to recruit Nazis.

The Nazis used lots of tricky methods to get the civilians on their side. Propaganda was more powerful than the civilians knew. But Hitler knew and it's power and it used it to make himself even more powerful. After the invasion of Poland he even had leaflets dropped that were full of propaganda. 

“Nazi Propaganda.” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, accessed September 26, 2012,

Alex Truex

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