Influence Of Nazi Germany Wwii Propaganda Films On The German Film Industry

2754 words - 11 pages

German cinema was greatly affected during the Nazi movement between 1933 and 1945. Once appointed Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933 Hitler wasted no time and almost immediately began working on his propaganda strategy. Typically “propaganda targets a mass audience and relies on mass media to persuade. Propaganda is aimed at large numbers of people and, as such, relies on mass communication to reach its audience” (Gass, 14). The Nazi party used film propaganda to brainwash the German people, distract them from the harsh reality of the Nazi party, and attempt to intimidate the enemy. Hitler knew propaganda entailed mass persuasion and he knew just how to get his message out there; film. It was through the use of propaganda, largely film that made the Nazi party so powerful as they redefined propaganda.
Psychological Effects
Hitler’s strategy was to exploit those who he considered unworthy through the use of preexisting stereotypes. These stereotypes were already familiar to the population and by bringing national attention to the stereotypes through the use of film the Nazi party was able to make the population believe the exaggerated negative stereotypes to be true. By using propaganda films the Nazi party was able to get much of the German population to “freely” accept their skewed reality as truth. Oftentimes these films portrayed Jews as financially greedy and compared them to street rats. This of course got many in the crowd to feel this to be true and true for all of jewish decent. While portraying the Jews as a terrible nuisance Hitler’s propaganda films also showed German soldiers winning battles in hopes of the viewer feeling more patriotic.
According to Sakmyster often times the audiences reaction to war documentaries could vary greatly and left some prideful with the desire for more violent war scenes and other viewers empathetic for the enemy and overall saddened by the “horrors of war”. Knowing this, the producers of the German war documentaries intentionally added scenes of soldiers doing normal day to day activities in an attempt to add a human touch.
Not all German propaganda films were shown to Germans in an attempt to create a stronger support system for Nazi Germany. Some German of these films were made specifically to be shown to the enemy in an attempt to intimidate the enemy into submission. According to Sakmyster these films were far less successful and few if any of those that viewed the films actually believed the film content to be true. However, “the Germans did not really care if non-Germans actually believed the arguments in these films [as] they were meant to frighten others into submission, to intimidate any country that might be thinking of resisting German expansionism or of remaining on friendly terms with Great Britain” (Sakmyster). The Nazi party saw the opportunity to use film to attempt to portray themselves as a dominant power prepared to take on what Germany considered to be weak...

Find Another Essay On Influence of Nazi Germany WWII Propaganda Films on the German Film Industry

Hollywood Propaganda: The Glorification of War by the Film Industry

2721 words - 11 pages War has been present since the beginning of human history. Likewise, war movies have been present since the movie industry began. Just like most other genres of film, war films have been created as a form of entertainment to profit a person or organization. More people are willing to spend their money and time on a feeling of action, excitement, heroism, and patriotism than gruesome and horrid images of real and common human

Propaganda and Radio Broadcasting In Nazi Germany

1429 words - 6 pages ideas, The Nazi party began as a relatively small group in 1918. But coming into the 1930’s this was not the case. The widespread use of propaganda and radio broadcasting were instrumental to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party. On March 13, 1933, Adolf Hitler founded the Reich Ministry of Propaganda. The Ministry of Propaganda enforced Nazi ideology in Germany. It controlled the culture and society. Dr. Joseph Goebbels was the head of the

Influence in the Film Industry

3389 words - 14 pages 2014Assignment 2The next time you sit and view a public speaker, a professor will do just fine, make a point of listening for critical thinking. Answer these questions:Is the speaker on one single topic, or is he/she wandering?For the most part stays on one topic. At times gives an example of their personal life that relates to the subject but goes off into a tangent for too long. This makes it difficult to remember the specifics to the "big

Use of Propaganda to Spread Anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany During the 1930’s and 1940’s

2473 words - 10 pages newsstand and placed in specially constructed display cases (Der Stürmer, About). On the cases, quotes from the magazines adorned them, such as “"Die Juden Sind Unser Unglueck" ("The Jews Are Our Misfortune") (Der Stürmer, About). Another way of promoting racism against Jews was through film. One film in particular named The Eternal Jew, released in 1940, served as a German Nazi propaganda film against Jews (Randall Bytwerk, Calvin College). It was

Stars: The Influence of Celebrities in the Film Industry and on Audiences

2996 words - 12 pages a part of their lives, and the audience a necessary but rather intrusive part of the stars. Stars are necessary in the film industry. They are able to market the films they make to the audience based on their star power and the amount of interest they garner from the public. A star must work within the confines in the industry to make it, but once they are in, they rely on the good will of the public who often want to both emulate and know the

How Nazi Germany Used Propaganda To Persuade Germans

903 words - 4 pages speakers were put up in the cafes, shops and on the streets. What was seen in cinemas was controlled. There were loads of films based on the Hitler Youth and were really good. There was one film based on the Jews which was called ‘The Eternal Jew’ this film had made fun out of the Jews because the film was about the Jews spreading loads of diseases. However not all films were very serious, some films were comedies too. The Nazi had to control

Controlling Thought: War Propaganda in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America

4968 words - 20 pages propaganda techniques. Hitler did not start out as a successful propagandist. He admits to his early failures of effectively publicizing Nazi ideals in a favorable light. However, he did notice the advantages of successful propaganda early on. “Ever since I have been scrutinizing political events, I have taken a tremendous interest in propagandist activity.”[1] After learning about political influence, he could not help but

Anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany: How Far Were the German People Responsible for the Holocaust?

2175 words - 9 pages As we may never know the exact details of the Holocaust, one of the most horrifying events in human history, it is left to theorise on the identity of the perpetrators guilty of such an atrocity. A great deal of the evidence assembled points in various directions. It is clear that the blame cannot rest fully on Nazi leaders and officials, as it is probable that the common German citizen was also a part of the attempted genocide enforced by those

"The most important reason why there was little opposition in Germany towards the Nazi regime was its use of Propaganda" How far do you agree with this statement?

1207 words - 5 pages plays and literature had to conform to Nazi belief and ideals, otherwise they were not published, performed or shown. Film was a medium the Germans used very effectively for propaganda purposes. The Nazis made sure that they controlled the film industry; they decided what films were produced and released. The films released to the German public usually focused on certain areas. Such as: the Jews - portraying them as vermin; sub-human and unworthy of

'The most important reason why there was little opposition in Germany towards the Nazi regime was its use of propaganda' Explain how far you agree with this statement?

3809 words - 15 pages could buy one except the thing was, that u could only tune into Nazi stations. In the cinema, propaganda films were presented; short films of pro Nazi ideology were shown before the main film started. This is how Hitler controlled the media.Another reason why there was little opposition in Nazi Germany was the reorganization of the protestant church. In 1933, nearly all Germans were Christians so it would be stupid of Hitler to completely

To What Extent Did Film Propaganda during the Second Red Scare Influence Anti-Communist Hysteria?

2075 words - 9 pages HUAC began investigations of the seemingly pro-Soviet movies in 1940. From 1948 to 1954, forty propaganda films were released and these “anti-commie” creations echoed the attacks on the motion-picture industry (Doherty). According to Combs, “a demonized enemy, a foreign threat that would subvert American values, cunning and cynical methods of operation” and all other characteristics of war propaganda were prevalent in the released films (85

Similar Essays

The Effects Of Film On Wwii Propaganda

2519 words - 10 pages Hitler gained support from his nation to exterminate the Jewish people from Germany and Europe alike. He adopted such support by using his Nazi propaganda films as a weapon of mass distraction and manipulation of the people of Germany. If he had not idealized the German soldier as a hero, and bestowed nationalism in his people, and blamed the economic problems of German on the Jewish race then he never would have been able to accomplish what he

Nazi Film Propaganda Essay

958 words - 4 pages Hitler and present the chancellor and the Nazi Party in the most positive light while stirring up hatred for Jewish people.”(HISTORY.COM) He was the one of the close friends of Nazi Germany’s Führer, Adolph Hitler. Goebbels, who appointed himself "Patron of the German film", and Adolf Hitler realized the power of films and they used cinema as propaganda. Goebbels and Hitler thought that the most effective way of propaganda is using film. In 1994

Nazi Party's Use Of Artistic Propaganda Led To The Ascension And Dominance Of German Culture

760 words - 3 pages Throughout history, government and culture have proven to be inextricably linked . During the early twentieth century, the Nazi Party's use of artistic propaganda through multiple forms of media directly led to its ascension and dominance of German culture. The Nazis' success can be directly attributed to its careful planning, ruthless implementation, and clear results. The Nazi's use of propaganda was meticulously planned by party leaders

The Forms Of Propaganda Used By The State In Nazi Germany

1413 words - 6 pages a medium through which propaganda was dispensed. There were more radios per head of the population in Germany than in any other country in Europe. Hitler and Goebbels both realised the potential of this medium and used it on a massive scale. When he came into power, Goebbels brought all German broadcasting under Nazi control. He dismissed 13% of the staff on racial grounds and replaced them with his own men. In order for