Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Building Nazi Party Credibility in 1944

Recently I’ve been adding material from 1944, late in the war.  Today’s addition is an essay on the Nazi Party’s efforts to deal with the results of Allied bombing.  The party had less popularity than it wanted — articles like this were an effort to persuade people that the party was engaged in valuable work.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Building Faith in German Victory (1944)

Until Stalingrad, it was reasonable for the average German to believe in ultimate German victory.  Propaganda’s job was relatively easy.  After February 1943, the job was harder.  Today I am adding material from mid-1944 intended for use in Sprechabende, or evening discussion meetings.   These were organized primarily for members of the Nazi Party and were intended to boost their faith, but also to provide them with material they could use in talking with their fellow citizens.  The article is titled: “Now More than Ever: We Believe in Victory!

It outlines the military, economic, political, and worldview arguments party members could use in talking with their fellow citizens.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Anti-Semitic Material for Girls (1944)

Although most Jews had already been killed by February 1944, the Nazi continued their anti-Semitic propaganda.  Today I am adding training material to be used in meetings with girls.  Although most  girls would have had no direct experience with Jews, they are told that Jews remain a deadly threat to Germany.