Propaganda: Nazi Germany and Joseph Goebbels Essay

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Joseph Goebbels

Goebbels was given the task of building up Nazi support in Berlin. He did this between the years 1926 and 1930. In 1928, he was put onto the Reichstag. In 1929, he had been given overall charge of the party’s propaganda machine. It was here that Goebbels shined. In 1933, after Hitler was appointed chancellor, Goebbels was appointed Minister of Enlightenment and Propaganda. He held this post until 1945.
His sharp tongue made him enemies within the Nazi Party where some people called him the "Poison Dwarf". However, he had Hitler’s support. Goebbels was a womaniser and his wife wanted to divorce him after one too many other. Hitler refused to give his permission to divorce as he had spent much time teaching the importance of family values to the German public.

As Minister of Enlightenment, Joseph Goebbels had two main tasks:
To ensure nobody in Germany could read or see anything that was hostile or damaging to the Nazi Party.
To ensure that the views of the Nazis were put across in the most persuasive manner possible.

Propaganda

At no time up until 1933, did the Nazi Party win a majority of votes at elections. Therefore, those who had supported the Nazis needed to be informed on how correct their choice was with an emphasis on the strength of the party and the leadership. Those who opposed the Nazi Party had to become convinced that the Nazi party would serve them better than any other. Propaganda persuaded people to join the Nazi party and told other…