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Hitler's Manipulation of the German Population
Transcript of Hitler's Manipulation of the German Population
Hitler's psychological profile contributed to why and how he influenced the German population through propaganda and crowd manipulation.
-emphasis on particular ideas
"Repetition is the key to learning."
To cause for the German population to agree with, support, and participate in Hitler's actions
to persuade the people of the Nazi Party's ideals
eliminate tolerance of Jews
Technique: simple, repetitive slogan
Minister of Propaganda and National Enlightenment
Reich Chamber of Commerce
censored literature, art, music, radio, film, and newspapers
glorify Hitler and Nazis
"Cathedral of Light"
What makes propaganda so effective?
spun off of existing ideas
"To say that one is free of the influence of propaganda is a sure sign of its pervasive existence in society” (Snow, Nancy)
150 search lights
seen over 100 km away
-movie, posters, and speeches used to convince the German people
-consequences of resistance
“The influence of repetition on crowds is comprehensible when the power is seen which it exercises on the most enlightened minds. This power is due to the fact that the repeated statement is embedded in the long run in those profound regions of our unconscious selves in which the motives of our actions are forged.” So said Gustave Le Bon in The Crowd, his seminal study of political hypnosis, published in 1897.
no mental illnesses
Dr. Theodore Morell
one of Hitler's personal physicians
Hitler didn't allow anyone to criticize Morell
Morell prescribed excessive amounts of medication
Alois: Hitler's father
illegitimate son of a cook who worked for a Jewish family
become a soldier in German army
didn't have friends, wasn't promoted
won 6 medals, including Iron Cross
Hitler's Manipulation of Germany
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Clara: Hitler's mother
caring and loving
did poorly in school
Father died when Hitler was 13
dropped out of school at age 15
wanted to become artist
mother died when Hitler was 18
Vienna Academy of Art rejected application
no means of supporting himself
blamed the Jews for all of his problems
the power of propaganda
methods of propaganda
THe fueher principle
-Adolf Hitler became a representative of Germany
-German Faith was being spread so that Hitler was
seen almost as a God.
-The Heil Hitler salute was necessary as a common greeting.
“He alone is never mistaken. He is always right.
Amazing how great the Führer is in his simplicity and how simple in his greatness. He is above us all. He is always like a great star above us.”
“Hitler is Germany and Germany is Hitler. Whatever he does is necessary. Whatever he does is successful. Clearly the Führer has divine blessing.”
"group cohesiveness becomes more important than individual freedom
of expression" (N.P.)
"TAMARA AVANT: Social psychology does offer relevant explanations for group or mob mentality and violence. When people are part of a group, they often experience deindividuation, or a loss of self-awareness. When people deindividuate, they are less likely to follow normal restraints and inhibitions and more likely to lose their sense of individual identity. Groups can generate a sense of emotional excitement, which can lead to the provocation of behaviors that a person would not typically engage in if alone." (Donley)
Propaganda and crowd manipulation were
the methods used to influence the German
population to support Hitler who owes some
of his success to his psychological background.
"change is in response to real (involving the physical presence of others) or imagined (involving the pressure of social norms / expectations) group pressure" (Mcleod)
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