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Nazi Propaganda

AQA, Edexcel, OCR

Last updated 1 Apr 2018

Propaganda in Germany was widely used by the Nazis as a method for getting their message out to the German people. Hitler himself set up the idea of the cult of the Führer, showing himself as the leader and saviour of all Germany. The Nazis used this image carefully always showing Hitler in a position of strength or serving Germany.

The Nazis used posters and radio broadcasts to great effect. Posters, films and radio were all used to show how great the Nazis were and how they were saving Germany from the Weimar Republic.

The creation of Propaganda was given to Joseph Goebbels, a loyal Nazi who became Minister for People’s Enlightenment and Propaganda. He coordinated much of the Nazi propaganda machine and election campaigns prior to the Nazi takeover in Germany.

Goebbels believed that propaganda was most effective when people did not realise that they were being indoctrinated. This is what Goebbels set out to achieve with Nazi Propaganda.

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