Control through propaganda and censorship

The Nazis aimed to brainwash people into obeying the Nazis and idolising Hitler.

Propaganda

  • The Nuremberg Rallies, held annually, glorified war and the military.
  • The 1936 Berlin Olympics were intended to showcase the superior athleticism of the Master Race.
Poster showing the 'Work and Bread' slogan
Poster showing the 'Work and Bread' slogan

Radios were cheap to buy and would broadcast Nazi Party messages and speeches. Loudspeakers in public places blared out Nazi propaganda.

Hitler's picture was everywhere and he was portrayed as Germany's saviour.

Simple slogans were used to introduce Nazi ideology to the German people:

  • "Free Germany from the Jews"
  • "Work and Bread"
  • "Smash Communism"

Censorship

Any media that conveyed anti-Nazi ideas or even other ways of life, were censored.

Censorship of newspapers, radio, cinema and the theatre was enforced.

Only books which agreed with the Nazi point of view were allowed. All other books were banned and many were publically burned.