Nazi Propaganda and the Second World War by A. Kallis

By A. Kallis

This publication analyzes the standards that made up our minds the association, behavior and output of Nazi propaganda in the course of global battle II, in an try and re-assess formerly inflated perceptions concerning the impression of Nazi propaganda and the function of the regime's propagandists within the consequence of the 1939-45 army conflict.

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Cinema Film occupied a special position in the history of NS propaganda. Although the NSDAP did not engage in relevant activities in a systematic, extensive and centralised manner prior to the Machtergreifung (in spite of Goebbels's efforts, as head of the RPL, to create a central party authority6), the new medium exerted a mesmerising influence on many crucial NS leaders, including Hitler and Goebbels. In his first address to the representatives of the German film industry on 28 March 1933, the recently appointed minister spoke with enthusiasm about the wider significance of film and promised a new era of greatness for the country's cinema production: [t]he ability to make a film is not the only important thing.

In fact, it is difficult to detect a rigid programmatic coherence in Nazi measures in the light of antagonisms between party and traditional interests, and shifting structural/economic caveats. Nevertheless, through an auspicious combination of the smooth voluntary co-ordination of the various agencies involved in film production, the absence of party encroachments and the relatively successful execution of the 1934-41 measures, Goebbels and the RMVP were in a position to wield substantial power and influence in this domain.

An efficient division of labour between press and radio with regard to political information was never achieved, largely due to the clash between the two Reichsleiter, Goebbels and Dietrich: whilst the former saw in broadcasting an opportunity to redress the balance after his failure to infiltrate the press domain, the latter defended with ferocious territoriality his grip over news policy, trying at the same time to counter his opponent's authority over radio and to enhance his own input in the same field (see Ch.

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