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Deceiving a Nation:An Overview of Nazi PropagandaAlyssa FarrisLiberty UniversityFebruary 1, 2020
One of the critical questions in regards to World War II and the rise of Nazi Germany is how could so many people have supported Hitler’s rampage and the mass murder of millions of Jews, gypsies, and those the Nazi regime deemed sub-human? While it is easy for most to see how horrific these actions were, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were able to convince millions of individuals that theGerman people were a superior race and Germany’s “enemies” had instigateda war that could not be avoided. He accomplished this by using indoctrination strategies and propaganda to gain political support and wage his war. In the period between the World Wars when the Nazi Party rose to power, Germany was politically unstable. After losing the First World War, the German people felt disheartened and humiliated. They experienced economic and social instability and perceived injustices committedby the Treaty of Versailles. The German people were looking for a leader to offer hope and the restoration of Germany. This desperation is what laid the foundation for a totalitarian leader. “Disagreements over economic policies rapidly polarized politics between left and right. Millions of Germans found the simple and concrete messages of Nazi propaganda appealing in times of economic hardship and political instability, and they abandoned mainstream parties to support Adolf Hitler.”1Hitler began using propaganda from the very beginning of his campaign, shaping, strategizing, and communicating the same messages until they took hold.2Posters using bold fonts, bright colors and simple slogans caught the attention of the German people. Hitler’s antisemitic ideology stemmed from the belief that the German people were the dominant race, they deserved Lebensraum(space to live), Volksgemeinschaft(a unified national community) could be achieved and would better the lives of the German people, and Germany would do 1Nazi Propaganda,” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Accessed January 19, 2020. .2Magellan TV, “Hitler’s Propaganda Machine” (video series), directed by Mike Kenneally, 2017.1
whatever was necessary to protect these values and the German people from the destruction of itsenemies.3Initially Hitler and the Nazis made no claims that they were planning to exterminate the Jews or engage in a full-fledged war. The “Jewish question” as it came to be known, was what to do about the millions of Jews being acquired during Germany’s conquest of other European countries during the war. Eventually, Hitler and the Nazis decided on extermination. As these intentions became clearer, Hitler used propaganda to shape, manipulate, and convince the German people that there was no other way.4The Nazi Party spent a great deal of effort communicating its propaganda messages to German youth and educators. They saw this as indoctrinating the next generation of Nazi

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