Nazi Propaganda: the Manipulation of a Vulnerable Society

Nazi Propaganda: the Manipulation of a Vulnerable Society
In the city of Munich during July of 1918, a newspaper, the Münchener Beobachter, established the beginnings of what would become one of the central elements exploited by Germany in World War II-propaganda (Sington and Weidenfeld 1).Rudolf von Sebottendorf bought the Münchener Beobachter and used it to express his and others' views on politics and other issues (Sington and Weidenfeld 2).Their views were part of a nationalist organization called the "Thule Society", which actually disguised them as a social order.The views of the "Thule Society" opposed the views of the German Socialist Party so in order to avoid controversy and opposition they had to disguise themselves (Black Dahlia). Because of misfortune and many other factors, Sebottendorf was unable to solely control his newspaper.The supervision of the paper was handed over to a new Nationalist group, the "German Socialist Party," led by Hans Grassinger, who was also very much connected with the Thule Society (!
Sington and Weidenfeld 3).In December of 1920, Anton Drexler, the president of the Munich division of another nationalist organization, the German Worker's Party, assumed control of the paper.This group's chief propagandist was Adolf Hitler; he understood propaganda unlike most people of his time and saw that it needed to be used as the basis of all political activity (Sington and Weidenfeld 4).The name of the paper would change to Völkischer Beobachter, and Hitler would use it as his personal "propaganda organ" (Sington and Weidenfeld 4).This would begin the use of propaganda by Hitler that would not end for over twenty years.
In 1925, Hitler was banned from speaking in North Germany so he made Gregor Strasser the Party's chief of propaganda.Hitler started another paper, and he made Joseph Goebbels the editor.Be…


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