Use of Propaganda to Spread Anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany During the 1930's and 1940's

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“All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach,” Adolf Hitler (The National World War Museum). The German Nazi dictator utilized his power over the people using propaganda, eventually creating a sense of hatred towards Jews. After World War 1, the punishments of the League of Nations caused Germany to suffer. The Nazi party came to blame the Jews in order to have a nation-wide “scapegoat”. This hatred and prejudice towards Jews is known as anti-semitism. According to the Breman Museum, “the Nazi Party was one of the first political movements to take full advantage of mass communications technologies: radio, recorded sound, film, and the printed …show more content…
The Treaty of Versailles was an agreement declared on June 28, 1919 between the Allied Powers and Germany. Germany lost territory, including their African territories, as well as 700,000 square kilometers, all of which were given to the League of Nations (McDougal Littell). Additionally, Germany was restricted on their military size and power. The Rhineland was made into a demilitarized zone, and they had to pay reparations; the cost of repairing war damage. Although they did not want to sign the treaty, the Allies threatened to invade if they didn't. The most brutal agreement, however, was that Germany was obliged to sign War Guilt Clause, Article 231, where they were to be blamed for starting World War 1. This angered the Germans, but they were inevitably forced to sign. When Hitler and the Nazis grew as a political group, they claimed Jews responsible for losing World War 1 as well as for the economic crisis (McDougal Littell). Many German people believed in the Nazi claims that Jews were responsible for their suffering. Anti-semitism was, however, already an existing issue before the Nazi Party expanded it. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, there were roughly 522,000 Jews in total living in Germany. According to The Town Hall, "Another part of the modern anti semitism in Europe was the conspiracy theory of Jewish world economic domination as