In document three, we see how appealing Hitler was in his speeches. For example, Kurt Ludecke, a Nazi Ambassador, wrote how “Hitler’s words were like a scourge. When he spoke of the disgrace of Germany, I felt ready to spring on any enemy.” We can see from here that when Hitler put all the blame on the Jews, it was so convincing that people began to believe his ideas, support him, and began growing an enmity towards the
He connected with the audience by keeping them engaged. He was influential not only with his public speaking, but with propaganda. Hitler created propaganda that would influence the citizens of Germany to think that the Jews were inferior. Another way he used his influential attribute was by violence. When a fire started in the Reichstag building, Hitler used it as a way to start series of terrorist acts against politicians he considered enemies (“Hitler, Adolf”).
But he still seem to clash heads with another key member of Nazi propaganda, Leni Riefenstahl, who Hitler valued very highly. Riefenstahl first film for the Nazis was titled Triumph of the Will, funded by the NSDAP and recorded the events of the 1934 Nuremberg Rallies. This film showed an abundance of German expressing themselves in such a way that seemed unnatural for the Nazi regime, but only served to emphasis the support for Hitler that was captured by Riefenstahl. Hitler is conveyed almost as a conqueror of this land, as he triumphantly trudges into his new Germany with his fellow
World War 2 started on 3 September 1939. Although there were many cause for the war, like the failure of the Treaty of Versailles, threat of communism, and appeasement. Hitler and the Nazi party were the main cause, they were linked with all other causes, making them stand out as the ‘main cause’. Everything that had happened after World War 1; the Treaty of Versailles, the Great Depression, Communism and Fascism, all helped Hitler gain trust from the Germans, as he said he would ‘make Germany great again’. Starting another world war within 20 years of the ‘war that was meant to end all wars’.
“The art of propaganda lies in sensing the emotional temper of the broad masses, so that you, in psychologically effective form, can catch their attention and move their hearts…” (Hitler 363) He was able to move their hearts because he used the peoples hatred and feelings of suffering after WWI and the Great Depression to his advantage. Not only did he capture the minds of the people by promoting aspects of life they wanted to change but “driving home your own point of view.” (Hitler, 263) His point of view and goals were to become a top european power militarily, socially, and economically. This required the elimination of people he didn’t have pure German blood and complete support from the people. Indoctrination, brainwashing and manipulation, was an effect of extreme propaganda. The people were completely brainwashed and their mindset absolutely changed and the Third Reich controlled the people “like a puppeteer manipulates the arms of his marionettes…” (Haffner 6) Hitler especially focused on the youth of Germany, in January 1933, the Hitler Youth had only 50,000 members, but by the end of the year it increased to more than 2 million.
Adolf Hitler 's rise to power in Germany was one of the most extraordinary things that happened in that period of German history. People till this day are generally impressed on how he seized power. For example, using the German’s disfavor of the results of World War I. Blaming Germany 's problems on the Jews, which gave him the idea of making Jew’s lives miserable by constructing many concentration camps for Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, and disabled people, taking away their jobs and treating them like slaves. Lastly, his use of incredible speech skills caused the German people to believe in him and the use of propaganda. To begin with, Hitler was the son of an Austrian customs official.
Propaganda is the dispersal of information to impact or control large groups of individuals. The story of how the Nazi rose to power in Germany is regularly seen as an ideal example of how to accomplish political ends through propaganda. They were so powerful and forceful in utilizing publicity and propaganda to assemble support for their gathering and arrangements for war. In authoritarian regimes like Nazi Germany, propaganda played a notable role in persuading and convincing the Germans to believe in Hitler’s regime. Nazi used propaganda for two purposes, to construct a favorable and pleasing image of Hitler and to create a cynical and obstructive perception of those thought to be adversaries, especially Jews.
Hitler and the Nazis knew the fact that the German people had an overall group mentality, so they would be more receptive to Nazi propaganda. Irmgard Hunt was one of the many who grew up under Hitler’s power; In On Hitler’s Mountain, Hunt recounts her childhood growing up during his rise to power, and as she grew older, the harsh reality of war awakened her distrust of the Nazi propaganda she was taught to believe in her entire life. “..the Nazis were in full control of all branches of government, the military, and the media” (Hunt 41). This shows the Nazis propaganda tactic to win the loyalty of the German citizens was by taking full control of all forms of media in Germany and censoring or eliminating viewpoints in any way threatening to
In defying the compromise of the Great War nearly twenty-two years prior, Germany remilitarized their country in order to expand their borders, creating political conflict. The Berlin Games caused conflict between countries and races as Hitler defied the compromise of the Treaty of Versailles and started World War Two all under the face of a peaceful, hospitable Germany. The Berlin Olympics were full of controversy and conflict, but before the world could band together it was first threatened to never affiliate in the first place. The Games were awarded to Berlin after the war and before Hitler came to power (Smith). The Olympics were the biggest gift that the Fuhrer received when he started his dictatorship and twisted laws to strike at the Jews.
Consideration also needs to be given to the fact that Churchill was a strategist , (Definition of war) hence there is merit in the argument that the bombing of Dresden also had the impact of traumatising the people so badly that they may have given up the will to continue fighting and capitulate. Churchill knew that getting to the Germans emotional needs would affect their ability to continue
World War I ended in 1918 with the victorious Allied powers, and the peace-promising Treaty of Versailles. However, this treaty 's peace did not last long as its unrealistic demands caused strong resentment within the Central powers against the Allied powers. Territorial losses, reparation payments, and inflation all left Europe in economic ruins. The damage and destruction that resulted from World War I paved a clear path that allowed for World War II to occur. It began in 1933 when Adolf Hitler gained power and, with the help of the Nazi Party, turned Germany in a totalitarian dictatorship.