The nazi's made use of a variety of methods to enforce their will on
the people of Germany. One of these methods was aggressive use of the
media for their own political means - propaganda.
Propaganda is a means of advertising a political idea. In the case of
the NSDAP in its early days this took the form of posters, public meetings
/ speeches and a conscious decision to present the party in a particular
Posters: Click on these thumbnails to see larger versions
of these examples of early Nazi Propaganda.
"Citizens! Do not believe that the Germany
of misfortune and misery, the nation of corruption and usury,
the land of Jewish corruption, can be saved by parties that claim
to stand on a foundation of facts. Never!"
This poster advertised a speech that Hitler was due to make in
Another early example of a Nazi poster, again inviting
people to attend a speech by Adolf Hitler in Munich. The choice
of colours here is deliberate. Red was believed to 'arouse the
opponents' of National Socialism - and of course, is highly visible
and therefore attracts more attention.
This poster dates from 1921.
Following the failure of the Munich Putsch it is noticeable
that the design of the Propaganda posters alters quite radically.
Early posters such as these are largely text based, make use of
rhetoric and entice the passer by through use of striking background
colours and carefully chosen slogans. Later examples of Propaganda
Posters tend to be image based, portraying the strength of National
Socialism, portraying Germany as the Fatherland etc.
Use of Film
The Nazi's commissioned many propaganda films. Amongst
the best known are the Triumph of the Will and The Eternal Jew. Propaganda
filsm allowed the Nazi's to portray positive images of their policies
and to deliberately misinform the population about things.
Below is an example of Propaganda footage shot in the
Second World War. It is hosted on an external site, youtube.com