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U.S. World War II and Nazi Propaganda

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Propaganda was very widely used during World War II to sway people's opinions. The Nazis used it to deliver their antisemitism message, and Americans used it to rally support for their causes, too. This propaganda had a large effect on the youth from both countries. (AA)
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U.S. World War II and Nazi Propaganda
By: Rachel and Abigail Anderson
Both the United States and Nazi Germany realized that if they were going to achieve their goals that they would need help from fellow countrymen.
This United States poster incorporates the Nazi swastika in this propaganda. The children are cowering from the swastika and trying not to let the "shadow" touch them. This poster is implying that you should buy war bonds in order to avoid your children being touched by Hitler. Young children could see this poster and think that is wrong for them to be near the Nazis or be involved with Hitler at all. (RA)
Americans were encouraged to grow Victory Gardens which allowed them to be more independent and thus other food could be sent to the troops overseas
Americans were also encouraged to buy war bonds, which was a way to raise money for the war effort and gave Americans at home a chance to be patriotic and supportive of their troops
Nazis encouraged the Germans to go on paper drives which just encouraged the Germans to conserve their paper. Drives for other materials were quite common as well.
This poster says "he creates weapons for the front". This poster is simply stating how important the average Germans are for the Nazi's cause and encouraged youth to help the soldiers in any way that they could.
This United States posters encourages Americans to buy U.S. Stamps and Bonds. The phrase, "Stamp 'em out!" refers to beating the opposing countries, like Germany and the Nazis. A child could be easily influenced by this poster. The men could be frightening to a child and would immediately connect the swastika with bad memories. (RA)
This kind of propaganda caused much of the youth to volunteer their time to helping save different items in order to support the American or Nazi soldiers. (AA)
This U.S. poster tells Americans that we are in danger, and other countries are always watching us. A child could see this poster and recognize the United States and the evil looking men watching the U.S. with weapons. The swastika on the man's hat could indicate this symbol is threatening. (RA)
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http://www.nebraskastudies.org/0800/frameset_reset.html?http://www.nebraskastudies.org/0800/stories/0801_0121.html
Both the United States and Germany had these posters encouraging their people to be careful of what they said about the war. Although they were more common in the US, they were used in Germany as well. These posters made children afraid and cautious about what they said because they felt like they were always being spied on. This fear of being spied on also led the children to be more willing to volunteer and help in the war effort because they were afraid of being watched and giving out information to the enemy. (AA)
http://library.thinkquest.org/C0111500/ww2/german/naziprop.htm
https://sites.psu.edu/blogoflove/2013/09/04/rhetorical-artifact-speech-topic/

http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/sturmer.htm

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007820
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These posters made youth and children feel like they had to do something because that was what everyone else was doing. For Americans, they felt like everyone else was buying war bonds and so they should, too. In Germany boys and girls felt like they had to join the League of German Maidens or Hitler Jugend. (AA)
The title of this cartoon is "Revenge." The German Nazi pushes the Jewish man off the cliff and says: "Go where you wanted me to go, you evil spirit." This was published almost five months after Hitler took power.
The caption of this cartoon is, "Every little Jewish baby grows up to be a Jew."
The caption of this cartoon is, "The Jew’s symbol is a worm, not without reason. He seeks to creep up on what he wants.”
Nazi propaganda (RA)
Nazi propaganda heavily
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The Nazi Party heavily targeted the youth of Germany. Their propaganda gave a special message to the youth that said the Nazi Party was, "dynamic, resilient, forward-looking, and hopeful." The Hitler Youth had 50,000 members in January 1933, but by 1936 the membership had increased to 5.4 million. German youth was easy to persuade because it made them feel as if they were apart of something bigger and important. This also gave them power over their parents or other adults. (RA)
Just as the Nazis portrayed the Jews as a strange, "less important", money loving race, Americans used propaganda during World War II to make their American citizens hate the Nazis. This kind of propaganda made the Germans fear and loathe the Jews and also made Americans despise and fear the Nazis. This sort of propaganda rallied much support for both of these countries in their plight to conquer the other nations. Although not all of the youth of this time may have been able to read, the pictures that they saw on these posters would have stirred them towards hatred of the other race. (AA)
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It is interesting to see the different ways that the Swastika was portrayed in the United States and Germany during this time. While children may have seen the Nazi poster and thought that the Swastika symbolized hope, strength, and a good future, American children saw the Swastika as something that symbolized fear and problems. (AA)
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