How Did Propaganda Influence Hitler

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In the midst of world-wide depression and backlash of WWI , the German economy was at an all-time low, with records of unemployment reaching 30%. The value of money was decreasing due to inflation while the price of food soared to unimaginable numbers , families lost their homes, and a countless number of people died to hunger. Wherever you look it would seem that the world would never get better, but in every situation people look for hope, peace, and a strong threshold to hold onto. The German people found their place of protection in the hands of a surreal and godlike leader: Adolf Hitler. During times of struggle the country looked to Hitler to save them from the distress that they could not control. These times of hardship were no match …show more content…
By controlling the culture with propaganda through every aspect, people were constantly reminded that the Germans weren’t the ones being blamed for the war, but in fact it was the Jews that caused all their problems. Hitler and the Minister of Propaganda censored the press and only allowed approved books to be published. This censorship was a way to promote Hitler’s views on his country and get rid of the opposition. May 10, 1933 Hitler’s propaganda Minister lead a countrywide ritual at many universities to burn books that were not approved by Nazi Party. Hitler’s use of simple propaganda in the 1930’s shaped the way politics in the 21st century use persuasion by showing that it was possible to control millions of people with ease through posters, films, and radio. “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” Not only did Hitler use propaganda to as a form of control to older citizens, he included it in education and extracurricular activities for kids. While schooling in Germany, kids would be introduced to new books from the Nazi party promoting the Aryan and nordic races. Along with censoring books, the schools would show students that the Jews were infesting the German society with their corrupt values. In 1933 after purging, or firing, all Jewish teachers from schools, 97% of teachers …show more content…
Hitler expressed his thoughts on Germany being the greatest it could in his auto-biography Mein Kampf. Stating that “Germany will either be a world power or will not be at all,” Hitler put all his effort into creating his picture perfect country. Hitler constantly reminded the German people to think of the fatherland because it was what gave them strength through times of struggle. Proclaiming “at every hour, in each day, to think of Germany,” Hitler wanted the German people to do every action towards the benefit of the country. In conjunction with the belief to be strong as possible, Hitler helped install a powerhouse military called the Wehrmacht in 1935 and re-armed Germany after the backlash of the Treaty of Versailles. Adding 500,000 extra troops in the first year, the Wehrmacht was made up of an army, navy, and air force to bombard the enemy before they would know what was happening. This new style of attack was a big step up from WWI because it helped Germany go on the attack rather than stay on defense and go into stalemate as it did with trench warfare in WWI. Shortly after it was created, the Wehrmacht took over Poland in a mere two months and captured France shortly after, expanding territory and showing the true greatness of

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