Propaganda Techniques And Rhetoric By Joseph Goebbels And Gerhard Wagner

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Largely dominating the conversation on the Holocaust and concentration camps is the experience which took place in the abhorrent, despicable walls and barbed wire. However, the events that took place to put this “final solution” into motion are just as important if not more, especially if one desires to be watchful of future repetitions of this rhetoric for preventative measures. I would like to argue that unless it can be undoubtedly proven that the general German population was feverishly loyal to the Nazi party, the legitimate governmental dehumanization of Jews was facilitated mostly through constant, numbing propaganda campaigns which especially emphasized the battle between the pure and impure, victim and perpetrator, and worthy life…show more content…
Hitler discussion of the importance of propaganda is highlighted by Goebbels’s speech when he speaks on how to effectively use propaganda to further the party’s goals. Randall Bytwerks analysis on the argument of Jewish genocide and the propaganda used to carry it out especially exemplifies how the use of “homo sacer” was communicated to the German population to advocate the battle between worthy and unworthy life by means of continuous propaganda. For diversity of research, I will also include research done on Jewish kosher killing of animals, foreign concentration camp propaganda, and how Plato reinforced Nazi prejudices. These all together highlight the importance of continuous, polarizing rhetoric to make the “final solution” digestible for the German population in the sense that they were not all hungry to end the Jewish; rather, they were merely accepting of it as a necessity. In the eleventh chapter of the first volume, Hitler writes on likely his most infamous topic, “People and Race.” According to him, there is an inherently natural instinct for racial purity. It is important to note he does not advocate a single race across the globe; rather, he wishes to racial purity amongst the many races. The comparison he puts forth is that a “fox is always a fox, the goose a goose, the tiger a tiger,” and that

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