Adolf Hitler And Joseph Goebbels, The Minister Of Propaganda

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Hitler’s rise to power in Germany took more than his inspirational speeches and brute strength. The Nazi Party embraced the use of a powerful weapon and used it carefully to win over the minds of the German Population: Propaganda. They convinced a substantial portion of the German population that they were the superior race and that the Jews were the cause of their destruction. To discover how this was done, one must explore the intricate tactics used by Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels, the Minister of Propaganda. The main goal was to institute the value of Volksgemeinschaft, or people’s community, into the German culture. He made sure that the Nazi philosophy was infused into all cultural mediums, making it practically impossible to…show more content…
The country was also facing a terrible economic depression resulting from the war, as well as over-inflation (Welch, 2002). It is probable that the population were already looking for a leader that would unify the country, and convince them that their problems were not the fault of their own; They needed a leader that would fix the country’s economic crisis and make them a powerful force in the world once again. The Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or the National Socialist German Workers’ Party met those needs. One of the crucial goals of Nazi Propaganda was to promote the value of Volksgemeinschaft. Translated to “people’s community,” Hitler promoted the idea that the needs of the community supersede the needs of the individual. Germany faced problems and victories as one people, united. This value, if instilled in the culture of Germany, would create a sense of belonging to a pure community, and destroy the feeling of alienation between German citizens. No matter one’s status, job, or position, all Germans were a part of the broader “Volksgemeinschaft” (Welch, 2002). Of course, the unification of the German population would mean that there were people outside of the “people’s community.” There were a couple of different classes that were seen as “impure” and dangerous to the “National Community. Jews were a part of the most disdained people in the German society. Hitler realized the necessity of the political unity around the
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