Nazi Germany Propaganda Analysis

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Introduction Nazi Germany may seem like a distant time. In reality, this period lasted until 1945. By then some of your grandparents may have already been born, and they would have been youths, like you. Hitler believed that gaining the support of youths was vital to the future of Germany. To do this, he used propaganda to spread his ideals and create an age of loyal Nazi followers. Hitler created propaganda simple enough for even children to understand, by “understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding…the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses”, as quoted from Hitler. Youths were the most fanatical supporters of the Nazi regime, and the Nazis won them over through propaganda. “How?” you may…show more content…
This book was written for German children to teach them about the Jews. It portrayed a negative image of Jews to young Germans, showing them that Jews were terrible, that as one poisonous mushroom can kill a person, one “poisonous” Jew can kill the German nation. This picture from the book is captioned, “The Jewish nose is bent. It looks like the number 6.” Its message is clear – the schoolchildren are learning about Jews’ hideous appearance. The opposite page is titled “How to Identify a Jew”, and compares features of Jews with traits of criminals. Everything was contributed by the students, to show that these are things that children ought to know. Many of the similarities pointed out are based solely on appearance, and one would wonder: if a German were to have Jewish characteristics, would he be discriminated against, too? The writer attempted to address this problem by mentioning that non-Jews may have crooked noses, but unlike Jewish noses, they did not point downwards. This shows that there were indeed cases where non-Jews looked similar to Jews. If these non-Jews were mistaken as Jews, there would be a lot of people to suspect as…show more content…
Hitler Youth was much like the scouts: one would march in parades with loud bands, be physically fit, comfortable with camping outdoors and confident at reading maps. The only difference was that one would also be loyal to Hitler and the Nazis. This poster shows a boy with Aryan features in the Hitler Youth uniform, looking up to an image of Hitler. The words on the poster mean “Youths serve the leader/all ten year-olds in the HY (Hitler Youth)”. From the poster, you can see that by joining the HY, one would serve Hitler and possibly grow up in his image – with great pride for Germany, and a worthy leader of the nation, keeping German discipline close to heart. Membership in these groups was not compulsory until 1939, but many young Germans joined the groups. In the HY these Germans learned about Nazi views, and were prepared to be soldiers. They often had a stronger sense of national pride and loyalty to Hitler than their parents. Hitlerjunge Quex: Ein Film vom Opfergeist der deutschen
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