HIS 327- German History since 1914
February 25, 2013
Nazi Anti-Semitic Propaganda
Hitler did not display propaganda in his first speeches as Chancellor. I think his goal at first was to win over the peoples trust. Once he had done this and became President he started to manipulate the German people with Nazi propaganda. The Nazi parties plan for propaganda included the criticism of any people, religion, or organization that was against the Nazi party. They demonized the enemies of the Nazi party and promoted Nazi ideology. One area I thought was most important was the anti-Semitic propaganda that Hitler and the Nazi party displayed. He had a strong hatred for the Jews and wanted the people of Germany to as well. This allowed him to build his concentration camps while keeping the people at a distance. Through this propaganda the Jews where blamed for the economic and moral problems of Germany. They were referred to as money grubbing Jews. Hitler established a Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda which was headed by Joseph Goebbels. The plan for this ministry was to ensure the Nazi message was communicated correctly through art, music, theater, films, books, radio, educational materials, and the press. Hitler and Goebbels believed that film was an excellent way to change public opinion. The anti-Semitic German Nazi propaganda film “The Eternal Jew” did a great job of this. Goebbels played a major roll in the production of this film. This was significant because he had only done this for a few other Nazi propaganda films. At the beginning of the film the viewers are told that the documentary portrays Jews in their natural state. Even though the film was advertised as authentic in its portrayal of Jews, this was not the case at all. This was another case of manipulation for the purposes of propaganda. The Nazi’s were able to use this film to claim that the Jews were dangerous aggressors that would need to be...