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Hitler's Right Hand Man: Geobbels
Transcript of Hitler's Right Hand Man: Geobbels
Goebbels Biography Born: In Rheydt, Rhineland on October 29, 1897. He was born as a strict Catholic.
Education: He went to a Roman Catholic School and went on to study history and literature at the University of Heidelberg.
He was rejected for military service during World War 2. This is because he had a crippled foot. This was a result of pollo as a child. What was he in charge of? Goebbels was appointed as a head of propaganda by Hitler. Propaganda is the art of persuasion. His official title was Minister of Propaganda and National Enlightenment. He had two main tasks. He was to ensure nobody in Germany could read or see anything that was hostile or damaging to the Nazi Party. He also ensured that the views of the Nazi's were put across in the most persuasive manner possible. Goebbels also worked SS and Gestapo and Albert Spencer. Goebbels did this to ensure his success.
Goebbels also set up the Reich Chamber Of Commerce in 1933. This organization worked with literature, art, music, radio, film, newspaper, etc. What did he influence? Goebbels organized first of the book burnings. The books that were burned went against the Nazi beliefs. These books were catergorized as offending.
Goebbels also organized the selling of cheap radios. These radios only cost 67 marks, but some cost 25 marks. He did this becuase he wanted to ensure that people could hear Hitler. Loud speakers were also put in streets so people could not avoid Hitler's speeches. Quotes “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over” “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” “Intellectual activity is a danger to the building of character” “Faith moves mountains, but only knowledge moves them to the right place” “If the German people lay down their weapons, the Soviets, according to the agreement between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin, would occupy all of East and Southeast Europe along with the greater part of the Reich. An iron curtain would fall over this enormous territory controlled by the Soviet Union, behind which nations would be slaughtered.” “If the day should ever come when we [the Nazis] must go, if some day we are compelled to leave the scene of history, we will slam the door so hard that the universe will shake and mankind will stand back in stupefaction..” “Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street.” “If we are attacked we can only defend ourselves with guns not with butter.” Why did Hitler trust Goebbels? Hitler trusted Goebbels because Goebbels put his intelligence entirely to the service of the Nazi party. This helped win peoples support of the Nazi party, which in turned Hitler liked. Also Goebbels most furvent propaganda was against the Jews. Due to all of this, Hitler came to trust Goebbels. Another reason why Goebbels was trusted by Hitler was because he remained loyal to him until the end.