Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Nazis and the Press


The Topography of Terror Documentation Center is currently showing an exhibition entitled Zwischen den Zeilen? Zeitungspresse als NS-Machtinstrument (Between the Lines? The Press as an Instrument of Nazi Power). Using actual photographs, newspapers, posters, and magazines, the exhibition illustrates the power of the press in manipulating public perception. The Nazis recognized the power of the press and quickly made it an arm of government. By disseminating propaganda as news and censoring critical information, the Nazis became masters at promoting their own agenda.

Nazi propaganda was used to create unanimous support for the Nazi regime. It focused on aggrandizing Hitler's image, dehumanizing enemies of the Reich (namely Jews, Gypsies, Eastern Europeans), and establishing the superiority of the German race. Instead of being an independent voice, the press bolstered the Nazi regime and helped justify the purge of Jews from Germany. 


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