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Most Nazi propaganda, especially during wartime, was crude, boring and ineffective. Most Germans simply switched off Explain why you agree or disagree with this view.

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?Most Nazi propaganda, especially during wartime, was crude, boring and ineffective. Most Germans simply switched off? Explain why you agree or disagree with this view. The sheer volume of propaganda thrown at German citizens during the rule of the Third Reich was definitely not universally effective. However, despite some irregularities, it can be inferred that Nazi propaganda had very large influence on the lives of German people both before and during the wartime period. Before the war there had been little or no evidence to doubt Nazi propaganda and its claims, for example the return of wounded soldiers from a supposedly bloodshed-less front. This meant that propaganda initially proved a very effective tool in winning support for both the federal and presidential elections of 1932. The efficacy of Nazi campaigning is reflected in the number of seats won in July 1932. ...read more.


Obviously, this image appealed greatly to Germans, especially with conservative élites who missed the lost authoritarian ways of Imperialist Germany. Examples of Propaganda to strengthen this image of Hitler include a series of ‘Slide-show evenings’ in 1939 at which photographs of Hitler and his successes were played to packed houses – it was estimated that the total attendance was over 4.3 million, excluding shows in schools. Conversely, there was some occasional deviation from the successes of propaganda. There were occurrences when anti-semetic propaganda proved to shock rather than inspire the German public. For example, the film released in 1940 entitled “Der ewige Jude” or “The Eternal Jew” was a commercial flop. Although it was viewed by party supporters and Hitler youth members, paid admissions barely reached 1 million at a time when the German population was close to 70 million. ...read more.


On the other hand, as the war drew on, the effectiveness of propaganda deteriorated as news that trickled back from the front conflicted with that of what was being told through state controlled newspapers and poster campaigns. Expectations of success were raised too high and too quickly, which in turn required explanations of they weren?t fulfilled, which as the war progressed, became more and more often. The increased mistrust in the information they were receiving blunted the effectiveness of propaganda and thus, it can be argued in the later years, that propaganda became both crude and boring. To conclude, the overwhelming amount of success enjoyed by the Nazi party up until the beginning of the war on a domestic level can be largely attributed to the work of Goebbels and his Ministry of Propaganda. Although there are some slight anomalies, particularly after Germany?s declaration of war on the USSR, on the whole to describe most Nazi propaganda as boring, crude and ineffective is a gross exaggeration. ...read more.

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