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The Role of Propaganda in the Nazi Takeover When one thinks of the term propaganda what comes to mind Would it bring a positive response Would it bring a negative response When one thinks of propaganda in association with the Holocaust what comes to mind A positive response or a negative response Most likely a negative response Why is propaganda any different from what any political party or regime does namely to disseminate its views Is propaganda simply the name we give to views which we do not like or which we think to be untrue And finally was the role of propaganda in the Nazis assumption of power overstated Daniel Goldhagen 1996 As many people who are learned in the field of the Holocaust will agree propaganda played an extremely vital part in the Nazis rise to power as well as their brain-washing of the German population into detesting all of what they considered heretics to the degree of accepting their murders Validity of the accusations upon which they attempted to justify their action against the Jews was not an issue The issue in this case was its power of persuasion Although to achieve this goal the Nazi party deemed it necessary to monopolize the communications media and entertainment industries Germany already had a strong anti-Semitic background European anti-Semitism is an outgrowth of Christianity Since the time of the Roman Empire Christian leaders preached boundlessly against Jews It escalated from generation to generation for as long a the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah the Jews challenged the whole belief system of Christianity The idea that it was the Jews that killed their savior also evolved from that time period Along those lines the notion that all Jews of forever were responsible for Jesus death for they approved of the crime would have certainly done it again according to the anti-Semitics and had always rejected his teachings As the Medieval period
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