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Transcript of Nazi Propaganda
Addressing the Masses - information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc. Propaganda: - the organized dissemination of information, allegations, etc, to assist or damage the cause of a government, movement, etc Dictionary.reference.com Primary Source: "Zehn Knüppel wider die Judenknechte" "Ten Responses to Jewish Lackeys" - Written in 1936 by Kurt Hilmar Eitzen Purpose: - provides ten responses to the most common objections they encountered to Nazi anti-Semitic measures
- these were arguments intended for everyday use in conversation with fellow citizens Hitler had two choices... "Trained intellegentsia" aka high-powered individuals the masses "The function of propaganda does not lie in the scientific training of the individual, but in calling the masses’ attention to certain facts, processes, necessities, etc., whose significance is thus for the first time placed within their field of vision. The whole art consists in doing this so skillfully that everyone will be convinced that the fact is real, the process necessary, the necessity correct, etc...its effect for the most part must be aimed at the emotions and only to a very limited degree at the so-called intellect" - Hitler, Mein Kampf Components of effective propaganda:
- to the point "Long Live Germany! 1940 Poster Advertising "The Eternal Jew" -Deemed the worst anti-Semitic film German Propaganda Archive - Calvin.edu “The Jew: The inciter of war, the prolonger of war.” Argument 1: “You say that religion is a private matter. But you fight against the Jewish religion!”
Counterargument: “Actually, the Jewish religion is nothing other than a doctrine to preserve the Jewish race.” (Adolf Hitler). “In resisting all government attempts to nationalize them, the Jews build a state within the state (Count Helmuth von Moltke). “To call this state a ‘religion’ was one of the cleverest tricks ever invented.” (Adolf Hitler). “From this first lie that Jewry is a religion, not a race, further lies inevitably follow.” (Adolf Hitler). Argument 2: “There are decent Jews, after all!”
Counterargument: “This little phrase ‘after all’ proves that they are rare exceptions of no significance to our battle against Jewry as a whole. But Martin Luther saw four hundred years ago that this “decency,” proven by charitable deeds done in as public a manner as possible, is nothing but a hidden cost of business, to repaid a thousand times by uneducated Germans. “Know, dear Christian, and have no doubts about it, that next to the Devil you have no more bitter, poisonous and determined enemy than a genuine Jew. . . If they do something good for you, it is not because they love you, but because they need room to live with us, so they have to do something. But their heart remains as I have said!” Argument 10: “Can you live with the uproar and accept responsibility for the misery that the laws of the Third Reich bring to thousands of Jewish families?”
Counterargument: “It is almost a miracle that absolutely nothing has happened to Jews in Germany, but rather that only gradually the rights they stole from the Germans in politics and culture have been restored.” (Alfred Rosenberg). But even if a few hundred Jewish families in Germany really did have to go hungry, what is that against the many millions of German families that the Jew murdered over the course of centuries through wars, revolutions, and civil strife, not to mention those ruined through usury and fraud. “In the battle between the races, there is no truce. If you are determined finally to defend yourself, German people, then be pitiless!” (Adolf Hitler). Did you think Nazi propaganda worked? Secondary Sources: "The Effectiveness of Nazi Propaganda During World War II" by Michael Stout "Nazi Propaganda" ~ United States Holocaust Memorial Museum