Nazi Propaganda Essay

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Nazi Propaganda

"Propaganda attempts 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." These words of Adolf Hitler are taken from his book Mien Kampf (My Struggle) published in 1926. Propaganda was an elaborate and essential tool used extensively by Hitler and the Nazi's during their terrorizing reign of Germany and throughout Europe. Not only was it used to promote and endorse the party and its leader's extreme anti-Semitic values, but also to mask the horrifying truths of what was to become known as the Holocaust.

Anti-Jewish measures and programs have taken place numerous times throughout history, but never to the
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The Jewish nose is bent at the tip. It looks like a figure 6. So we call them Figure sixes. Many non-Jews also have bent noses. But in their case the nose is bent up, not down. They have nothing to do with the Jewish nose. Encouraged by the teacher, Karl points out that the lips are another distinguishing feature; they are usually puffed up. The eyebrows are: Usually thicker and more fleshy than ours. From the eyes one can see that the Jew is: A false, deceitful person.

Shown along with the text is a drawing of a boy, "Karl," at the front of his class pointing to a numeral 6 that resembles what was said to be the stereotypical Jewish nose. The reasoning behind the title of the book is explained as, "Just as it is often hard to tell a toadstool from an edible mushroom, so too it is often very hard to recognize the Jew as a swindler and criminal."

Another fundamental example of radical anti-Semitic press was the newspaper printed by Julius Streicher called Der Stürmer (The Attacker). This paper used anti-Semitic caricatures, accused Jews of plotting secret plans against the German government, promoted the idea of Jewish seduction and even called for the annihilation of all Jews in 1941. The passionate language by the writers and crafty manipulation of the readers is evident in a 1935 article written by Ernst
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