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The story of nazi propaganda is the story of failure - How far do you agree with this statement?

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" The story of nazi propaganda is the story of failure"- How far do you agree with this statement? Undoubtedly, propaganda was vitally important to the Nazis and the German people were constantly subjected to it, whether it was during Hitler's rise to the top or when he was trying to indoctrinate the people of Germany. The propaganda was very organised, spreading the Nazis views and policies, and creating the 'ideal' that was the Volksgemeinschaft. However, looking back at that time, it is hard to establish whether or not the propaganda was entirely successful. This is because Hitler wanted propaganda to be everywhere, and he took away the basic rights that the people had, so there are no opinion polls available, and no neutral newspapers. Historians cannot fully justify that the mass of propaganda produced at that time actually worked. Indeed many people seemed to support the Nazi regime (or perhaps had no other alternative) ...read more.


The arts were totally changed during Hitler's reign. Images used in pictures, sculptures and buildings all had to carry the same message, that Germany was a strong and powerful country. Images had to be traditional, depicting things like the brave warrior, the supreme athlete, the productive mother, and of course, the wise leader that was Hitler. Art that was not stereotypical, was classed as degenerate art, and was banned. Many artists moved away form Germany because of this firm grip on their artistic talent. Buildings were described as "the word in stone" by Hitler, and were built for the thousand year Reich. The individual was dwarfed in front of buildings, symbolising the absolute authority. Alongside this monumental style for major public buildings, the regime also fostered a more traditional Germanic style for homes, which reflected the backward-looking pro-countryside aspect of Nazi ideology. The social propaganda was important as it conveyed the spirit of Volksgemeinschaft to the Germans. ...read more.


Eradicating outsiders was based on anti-Semitic ideals, which was felt among Germans at that time. Whether Germans believed Nazi propaganda and supported the regime enthusiastically is hard to work out, because all press was censored, there was no freedom of speech, and the use of terror form the Gestapo and the SS to crush opposition was intimating, and so many Germans complied with the Nazi regime. The fact that Hitler was enjoying his successes in Foreign policy and at home no doubt helped him to get support. Thus to call the propaganda a failure cannot be accepted. We can clearly see that people did support him, although we cannot fully establish if it was forced on them to do so. There was criticism, but only from a minority at that time, which isn't hard to work out why! We have to keep in mind that that amount of propaganda and the sheer effort to make sure it was everywhere must have been effective in some way, although as Hitler was so good at controlling the masses, we will probably never know just exactly how much. ...read more.

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