The Nazis develop propaganda

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Adolf Hitler

Hitler used his own skills of oratory; increasing the Nazi’s support by appealing to the patriotism and prejudices of the German people.

 Think!

  • How might the image of Hitler as a great leader have affected people’s support for the Nazis? 
  • How might the Nazis have gained from people’s fear of uncertainty, instability and poverty?

By 1928 the Nazis were a well-organised political party with over 100,000 members. Local leaders organised meetings with important speakers to attract new members. The Nazis used propaganda to increase their support and appeal. They spent huge sums of money on newspapers, leaflets and poster campaigns with simple slogans encouraging people to support the party.

The military style of the Nazis involved using large political ‘rallies’ to gain support. These were vast, highly organised events with banners and marching bands. The rallies were broadcast on radio and had audiences of many thousands. 

Joseph Goebbels, built an image of Hitler as a great leader. He used peoples’ fear of uncertainty and instability to portray Hitler as a man who had the vision and strength to solve Germany’s problems.