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Why Was Propaganda Important To Hitler's Control Over Germany?

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Why Was Propaganda Important To Hitler's Control Over Germany? An important factor in Hitler's control over the German people in the 1930's was propaganda. To convince Germany that Hitler and the Nazi party would solve Germany's problems, the Nazi's used propaganda techniques extremely effectively which convinced the German population that their policies were good. In this essay I will explore aspects of Nazi propaganda, and how it helped Hitler control the way German people thought. Joseph Geobbels was made head of propaganda by Hitler. Both Hitler and Geobbels were experts in the subject. They believed the media had to be carefully controlled. Both thought people had to be told what to think rather than let them believe what they wanted to believe. Joseph Geobbels plastered Germany with posters exaggerating Hitler's success and Nazi plans at attacking their opponents. Although it had been extremely popular in Germany as well as all over Europe, Geobbels banned jazz because it was music made by black people who were then considered the inferior race. ...read more.

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Joseph realised that the Nazis were able to make order out of chaos so the whole rally was based on order. In September 1933 Geobbels set up the Reich Chamber Of Culture. Anyone who was a journalist or worked in radio, film, literature, theatre, music or the arts had to belong to the Chamber. If they did not, they could not continue in their line of work. The Germans could only become members through Geobbels so there was almost no need for censorship. The Nazis built huge buildings, mainly in Berlin and artists, only approved by the Nazis, made massive sculptures showing idealised bodies. The 1936 Olympics, in Berlin, was one of Geobbels biggest challenges. Other Nazi's were opposed to holding it here but Geobbels convinced Hitler that this was a great propaganda opportunity both within Germany and internationally. Geobbels also thought that the Olympics could be a showcase for their doctrine that the Aryan race was superior. ...read more.

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But to many foreign visitors, who were not used to such blatant propaganda it backfired on the Nazi regime. Propaganda was used in many used, one way was to make terror more effective. The Nazis made sure people knew what happened to people against the Nazis and convinced them that the Gestapo had an agent on every street corner. This was, in fact, lies. In Wurzburg there were only 28 Gestapo agents to one million Germans. Hardly something to worry about. The SS and the Gestapo did round up anyone who tried to show a banned film or sell a banned book; this made it hard for opponents of the Nazis to spread their anti-Nazi ideas. In my opinion I think that propaganda was incredibly important to the Nazis and without it they would not have been so successful. It helped Hitler to control German people by affecting the way they thought and what they believed in. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jenna Waite History Coursework 10.1 10.S ...read more.

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