Essay on Propaganda And Its Effectiveness For Achieving Nazi Goals

1660 Words May 8th, 2015 7 Pages
What is the definition of propaganda? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, propaganda is the ideas or statements that are often false or exaggerated and that are spread in order to help a cause, a political leader, a government, or etcetera (Merriam-Webster). According to Hitler, propaganda is something that "works on the general public from the standpoint of an idea and makes them ripe for the victory of this idea." (Hitler). Propaganda has been used many times all throughout history for a variety of purposes and has been very effective for most of those who use this form of persuasion. So, what role did propaganda play in World War II, and how did the National Socialist German Workers ' Party (Nazis) take advantage of it? They used it to win over the hearts and minds of many German citizens. They conditioned the masses of people to believe in the values and notions of the Nazi Party. This essay will discuss the ideas implemented in Nazi propaganda and their effectiveness in achieving Nazi goals in World War II. Nazi propaganda began in Nazi Germany (When). It was first accounted for in Hitler 's book Mein Kampf when it was published between 1925-1926. He went into further detail in Mein Kampf about why Nazi propaganda should be used to conduct the populace. Not long after the Nazi 's seized power in January of 1933, Hitler began a new organization called the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda (RMVP) in March of the same year (How). He named…

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