How Successful Was Nazi Propaganda in the Period 1933-39?

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<b>How is Success of Propaganda Gauged?</b> <br>The Nazi propaganda machine is at times impressive, at times unusual, at times terrifying. <br> <br>"...Everything is propaganda." <br> <br>The Nazis understood human psychology. It was Goebbels' simple realisation that, for instance in cinematic propaganda, there was a need for the viewer to be entertained. Otherwise, there would be no interest in watching at all. This is simply a single instance of the successfulness of Nazi propaganda. Goebbels realised this and corrected it. <br> <br>How can success be gauged? Maybe by considering the theories and practices of propaganda such as with the cinema - but how can one know how much propaganda was reaching people? - Therefore how successful it…show more content…
<br> <br>The cinema was Goebbels' grandest asset to the propaganda machine... he made good use of it. <br> <br>From images of the colossal gatherings, marches – ‘grand', ‘powerful' Germany - to newsreels of Hitler's addresses... although News, not strictly accurate news, but better for morale. <br> <br>1933 onwards did not hail an instant and a total change in the look of the films produced if. Richard Grunberger, "A Social History of the Third Reich": <br> <br>"Had a cinema-going a Rip Van Winkel dozed off in the Depression and awoken in the Third Reich he would have found the screen filled with the self same images." <br> <br>The pro-Hitler press baron Hugenberg controlled the UFA, Germany's largest film company. This allowed for the agreement of ideas, and a stronger Nazi influence on what became celluloid. <br> <br>For differing reasons, one fact was clear - cinema attendance figures were increasing - more people were seeing the Nazi influenced films. In 1933 the number of moviegoers was 250 million, in 1942 was 1,000 million. This was a lot to do with Goebbels addressing of the divide between propaganda and entertainment. This is a key factor to the success of cinema as a medium. Films such as Leni Riefenstahl's ‘ Triumph of the Will' and - though a beautiful showcase of Nazi might at the Nuremberg party rally - was in many respects, in presentation - too extreme. A documentary, but one so very
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