English II Honors
29 October 2014
Propaganda in 1930's Germany
"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), in which he first promoted the use of propaganda to spread the beliefs of National Socialism. (United States Holocaust Museum, 2014)
There were all sorts of propaganda techniques used by Hitler and the NAZI's during the 1930's but the majority of it was aimed at children, since they are the future of all societies. Jew identification books and pamphlets, movies, colourful pictures and advertisements to grab the eyes of children, and textbooks used every day in their schools. (Hitler Propaganda)
Films were a big focus on spreading racial anti-semitism, the superiority of German military power, and the intrinsic evil of the enemies as defined by Nazi ideology.
(United States Holocaust Museum, 2014) Nazi films portrayed Jews as inhuman creatures filling Aryan society. The film "The Eternal Jew ", directed by Fritz Hippler, portrayed Jews as cultural vermin, overpowered by sex and money. "The Triumph of the Will" by Leni Riefenstahl, worshiped Hitler and the National Socialist movement, as several films of the time did. The Festival of the Nations and Festival of Beauty films depicted the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games and promoted national pride in the successes of the Nazi regime at the Olympics. (United States Holocaust Museum, 2014)
Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" detailing his beliefs was a main source of influence for young adults in 1930's Germany. The book is heavily influenced by Gustave Le Bon's 1895 The Crowd which is a Study of the...