Propaganda: Anti Adolf Hitler

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Adolf Hitler was a cruel dictator who ruled Germany during the Second World War (1939 – 1945). His ideas and actions were highly criticised which sparked rebellion and campaigning against him. During the Second World War, the countries which opposed Germany required more military support (soldiers). Propaganda campaigns were released during this time to encourage citizens to fight for their country and to stand up to the German leader. Being portrayed as such a cruel man enabled Hitler’s actions to be easily exploited to encourage soldiers to join the army and fight against him, and to encourage the rest of the world to become what is known as ‘Anti Hitler’.

In order to create a negative attitude towards Adolf Hitler, propagandists during the 1930s used humour to make him appear weak and powerless. Caricature artists are some of the most famous for achieving this. During his reign, Hitler used fear to not only scare his enemies but also to scare his own army into war. For Germany’s enemies to promote war under these circumstances, they needed to eliminate any trace of fear. They did this through humour by mocking Hitler to take away his intimidating attitude, ultimately making him “look like a fool”. An example of this can be seen in source one by an unknown artist. The poster is made to convey Hitler as foolish but at the same time, holds a message encouraging soldiers to keep battling by giving them hope and increasing their morale. Humour as a propaganda technique has the ability to bring down some of the most built up individuals. It helps to convey the message that the enemy is weak and foolish which says that they are easy to destroy. This is characteristic of ‘Anti Hitler’ propaganda during World War Two.

Propaganda during the war frequently used the technique ‘plain folks’ whereby the propagandist attempts to win the confidence of the viewer, by communicating in a common manner relative to a specific cultural context. The text “keep ‘em firing!”...
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