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Propaganda and Radio Broadcasting In Nazi Germany

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In 1933 Adolf Hitler was chosen as Chancellor of Germany by president Paul von Hindenburg. With this, the Nazi party came to power. Originally called the National Socialist German Workers party (Nazi for short), the Nazi party emphasized how Laissez-faire capitalism, economic liberalism, and democracy failed in government. The National Socialists stressed the importance of the impeccability of the German race. Although they had very determined ideas, The Nazi party began as a relatively small group in 1918. But coming into the 1930’s this was not the case. The widespread use of propaganda and radio broadcasting were instrumental to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party.

On March 13, 1933, Adolf Hitler founded the Reich Ministry of Propaganda. The Ministry of Propaganda enforced Nazi ideology in Germany. It controlled the culture and society. Dr. Joseph Goebbels was the head of the Propaganda Ministry. He controlled the press and culture of Germany. He was one of the leading members of the Nazi party. He was very close to Hitler in the 1930’s. When he was younger he turned to politics as a result of his disapproval of the political situation in Germany. He also shared the Nazi party’s strong distaste or the Bourgeois and intellectual life. With Goebbels’ leadership the propaganda swing was ready to begin. In truth, Goebbels’ accomplishments as the head of the Ministry of Propaganda became the decisive factor in Hitler’s success in the early 1930’s, especially during election time in 1933.

Before the Ministry of Propaganda was formed, radio was just beginning to become popular. On October 29th, 1923, the first evening transmission, “Sendestelle Berlin,” officially launched regular radio broadcasting to its first audience consi...

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