The Most Strategic Scheme in History
“By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise” (Hitler quoted in Ordeal by Battle).
20th Century U.S. History
5 December 2014
Propaganda is defined as “information or ideas that are spread by an organized group or government to influence people’s opinions, especially by not giving all the facts or by secretly emphasizing only one way of looking at the facts” ("English Definition of ‘propaganda’”). Propaganda has been used throughout history, but had a drastic role in World War I by rallying up chauvinistic countries to fight for their allies and win the war. Many people believed that the Allies were fighting for a noble cause while the Central Powers were belligerent aggressors due to the propaganda that depicted Germany with malicious traits. At last, Germany was greatly injured by the war and Austrian-born, World War I veteran fighter, Adolf Hitler tried to avenge the German deaths. Therefore, he sought to be the leader of Germany and subsequently won the German elections, and became the fascist leader of the Nazi party from 1933-1945. Germans needed a leader who would bring their nation back to a powerful status. Hitler knew that propaganda was a serious weapon that could be used to help him win the elections and instill his ideas into his nation’s minds. He immediately selected Joseph