Nazi Germany During World War I

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After World War I, Adolf Hitler formed the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda after his rise to power in Germany. Hitler selected Dr. Joseph Goebbels as the head of the Reich Ministry to promote propaganda. “The Führer or Mr. Hitler explained in his book Mein Kampf why propaganda should be used to control the populace and how it had been a useful weapon for the allies during World War I. Hitler continued by criticizing the German leadership for failing to use propaganda in any meaningful way during the war, and described how the new regime could use it to its fullest power.” (Stout) Many historians believe that propaganda was Hitler’s most powerful weapon employed by Nazi Germany during World War II. What exactly was this powerful weapon? Merriam-Webster defines propaganda as “an idea or statements that are often false of exaggerated and that are spread in order to help a cause, a political leader, a government, etc.” (Merriam-Webster). Dr. Goebbels took charge of every means to spread a Hitler’s message. “Art was no longer just paint to canvas; it played an important role in communicating Hitler’s message. “Art became a tool for communication and expression Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich vision of a cultural cleansed race.” (Dinsmore) All content that did not support the Nazi’s vision was censored or destroyed. “Goebbels worked to inflame the anger of the Germans over their defeat in World War I and emphasized German cultural and military achievements
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