Response: The Purpose of Propaganda by Hitler
I am quite shocked as to how credible Hitler’s ideas of propaganda are yet at the same time I am appalled by how Hitler excuses himself for using propaganda to exterminate his enemy.“…Those methods were beautiful which helped the nation to safeguard the dignity of its freedom.” “…This was the only possible attitude toward war propaganda in a life-and-death struggle like ours.” –paragraph16/17 Hitler feels that the most quick and successful methods should be applied in order to defeat the enemy, ...view middle of the document...
I associate the affect Hitler says propaganda can have if applied properly with that of a nuclear explosion. Both propaganda and nuclear explosions are toxic; they reach the masses and can be deadly. This was definitely the case during World War 2 as he was successful in appealing to the masses.
“The art of propaganda lies in understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses.” -paragraph 27. This idea that propaganda can be systematically applied and accepted by the average German body seems ludicrous to me. I believe it is possible, but I am truly astonished by how well it can be conceived and to what extent people do not ask questions. After reading this article I now understand how Hitler was able to exterminate so many people. He was an incredibly corrupt human being, but he was an extremely intelligent militarist. He used his greatest weapon, propaganda to drive forward his inhumane ways to achieving a “pure” race. It is unfortunate that such a lethal weapon was adopted by the wrong person, because, subsequent to reading this article, I believe in the power of propaganda and I think in the right hands in can do a lot of good.