Prior to the Nazi takeover of Germany, the nation had been suffering deeply. An economic depression, large-scale unemployment, and the shame of losing World War I had put Germany in a dark place. The Nazi’s were incredibly aware of this, and their propaganda at the time reflected a need to reunite the German people. Propaganda appealed to national pride, and putting ones country before themselves. Of course, a strong united people needed a leader that was just as strong, and the “myth of Hitler” would create that leader. Slogans like “One People, one Fuhrer, one Reich!” promoted national unity, and a Wochenspruch from February 1938 states, “The greatest of all sacrifices is to give one’s life to preserve the existence of the community.” Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will comes from this time period and helps form the mythological image of Hitler. Propaganda also focused on the good the Nazi party was doing. It discussed how well the Nazi welfare system was working, newsreels showed happy German people enjoying the benefits of the Nazi regime.
Social realist art, which dominated in the US during the Depression, communicates the concerns of the masses: artists question the treatment of the poor and praise American values embodied in ordinary people. In painting, Thomas Hart Benton’s murals depict an extravagance juxtaposed alongside honest, hardworking people, calling into question the actions and greed leading up to the Great Depression. Benton’s murals in both subject and medium penetrate the American political landscape, purporting such ideal values as hardworking and honesty. In photography, Dorothea Lange captures in the flesh the realities of the working poor. In her photograph Migrant Mother (1936) Lange portrays simultaneously the oppression and resilience of the working
Introductory Paragraph: Propaganda is a tool of influence that Adolph Hitler used to abuse the German population by brainwashing them and completely deteriorating an entire race. How does one person get the beliefs of an entire country? Hitler put Joseph Goebbels in charge of the propaganda movement. Goebbels controlled every element of propaganda, there were many varieties of Nazi Propaganda. Propaganda was also being used as a tool to gain the support of the German population for the war, and supporting their government. The Jew’s were the targeted race and were completely pulverized by the Nazi’s. Hitler not only tried to destroy an entire race, he gained complete control of an entire country.
Hitler’s strategy was to exploit those who he considered unworthy through the use of preexisting stereotypes. These stereotypes were already familiar to the population and by bringing national attention to the stereotypes through the use of film the Nazi party was able to make the population believe the exaggerated negative stereotypes to be true. By using propaganda films the Nazi party was able to get much of the German population to “freely” accept their skewed reality as truth. Oftentimes these films portrayed Jews as financially greedy and compared them to street rats. This of course got many in the crowd to feel this to be true and true for all of jewish decent. While portraying the Jews as a terrible nuisance Hitler’s propaganda films also showed German soldiers winning battles in hopes of the viewer feeling more patriotic.
The film Triumph of the Will expressed how Hitler and his people wanted the world to see them. The main goal here was to encourage membership in the nazi party by emphasizing mass accommodation, mass gatherings, and above all collectiveness.
A second film titled Der Sieg des Glaubens (English: Victory of Faith) (1933) is based on a Nazi conference in which it displays a vast amount of NSDAP workers listening to Hitler give a speech. It depicts a large crowd cheering and saluting to Hitler and is used to demonstrate the NSDAP’s power and to celebrate his victory. It became a prominent role in Nazi Propaganda
During the years 1933 to 1945 was the twelve years of the Third Reich, a regime that changed history and the world forever; Hitler youth, a branch of the Nazi Party, was officially formed in 1926, but did not become popular until Hitler’s term of service. This gave its members excitement and a chance to revolt against parents and schoolteachers. Millions of boys and girls who belonged to this group wore the name proudly. At a time when the Fatherland, Germany, was suffering from a inadequate, rickety government, high-unemployment, and prevalent poverty, the Nazi Party promised young Germans a great future within the country- if they become loyal members of Hitler’s’ Youth. These children lived by the motto “For the flag we are ready to die.” Melita Mashmann, a fifteen-year old member of the girls’ branc...
The Holocaust, carried out by the leader of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler, from 1933-1945 in various European countries resulted in the extermination of minority groups deemed inferior by the Nazis, other groups being displaced, taken from their families, removed from their homes, and leaving to start a new life. Hitler’s actions were unknown before this time, and did not involve just the German states, but instead brought in countries from across the globe, and caused many new international ideas to be created, such as the illegality of Nazism, and the term ‘genocide.’ The Nazis believed that it was their responsibility to deal with the “Jewish Nuisance,” and severely limited the rights of oppressed groups. Hitler rose to power via the desperation of the German state, as they had recently lost a major world war, and were being blamed as the cause of the war in the first place. They constantly searched for an answer to their woes, so when a well respected and fantastic public speaker by the name of Adolf Hitler named the Jews as the problem, the public was more than happy to accept these sentiments. Adolf Hitler rose to become chancellor of the German Third Reich and the leader of the Nazi Party on January 30, 1933. He took absolute control of the government, and the Nazi party adopted the motto, “Ein volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer,” meaning “One voice, One Nation, One Ruler.” This marked the beginning of a series of widespread events costing millions of innocent peopl...
Propaganda, the art of using visual and audio tools to persuade others to a particular point of view, was a powerful tool to the Nazi Party. With the use of propaganda, Adolf Hitler was able to control every aspect of German citizens’ lives. There were many different methods to obtaining this power over the people: radio, film, print, and speeches are a few popular ones often used by the Nazi Party. The effects propaganda had on the people was allowing Hitler to have full control in their lives. He manipulated them to being the kind of society he thought was fit.
I believe "Triumph of the Will" and "Olympia" had different purposes. "Triumph of the Will" was intended as Nazi propaganda and to show the power of the Nazis. Its purpose was to show the world the strength that the Nazi regime had and that it was ready and we'll more than willing to fight for their beliefs. Evidence of this is found in the film all of the shots of the troops march marching the solutes with the guns the arm salutes to Hitler. Those are examples of the power and authority that Hitler had. The films were directed towards the leaders of other countries that they were ready to fight and to prove the power that the Nazis had. "Olympia" was intended for all viewers, not just a specific group.