The Perceived Perception Of Propaganda

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The Perceived Perception of Propaganda
Adolf Hitler once said, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” (“Adolf Hitler Quotes”). During World War II, the economy in Germany was struggling severely and the Germans wanted someone to blame. Under Hitler’s rule, he gave Germany just that, causing the persecution of millions of Jewish people. During the Holocaust, the Nazis used propaganda as a tactic to help people deceive themselves; Germans, Jews, and people from all around the world were affected by this propaganda, among them, a Jewish survivor, Martin Kapel, whose life was thrown off course and impacted by Nazi ideals from a young age.
Propaganda swayed Germans’ opinions of the Nazis. The viewpoints of citizens were manipulated as they constantly saw the pro-Nazi media and, “Many people became National Socialist because the idea of the National community inspired them.” (“Defining the Enemy”). Using propaganda techniques, the Nazis rapidly gained supporters by making people believe what they were doing was for the common good. There were people who opposed Nazi beliefs but many feared vocalizing their opinions. One German who stood up against the Nazis’ ideals was Martin Niemoller. A poem by Niemoller reads:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for

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