Nazi Propaganda: Selling Social Policy Essay

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Nazi Propaganda: Selling Social Policy
How was Hitler able to use social policy and propaganda to manifest support for the National Socialist Party Hitler’s radical antisemitism?

by James C

Professor: Judith S******

The name Adolf Hitler, will be forever synonymous with one of the most oppressive and destructive eras in human history. Often regarded as the worst anthropological disaster in history, World War 2 was responsible for the deaths of millions of soldiers and civilians alike who. This would mark “...the first [war] in which civilian populations became systematic, strategic targets.” (Merriman page1049) Driven by his intolerance or perhaps hatred, towards ...view middle of the document...

Klara Hitler, mother of Adolph and his siblings, was diagnosed with an advanced form of breast cancer by a Jewish doctor named Edward Bloch. According to Binion, the treatment received by Klara was both painful and ineffective as the cancer had spread too far, and on December of 1907, Klara Hitler passed away. When Hitler went to see Dr. Bloch, Hitler was handed a bill that amounted to 10% percent of Klara's estate. According to Binion, this incident cemented in Hitler's subconscious a stereotype (probably of greed or of having no compassion) associated with Jews. Binion also related this incident to one of Hitler's quotes, "The Jews are a Cancer on the breast of Germany" saying that Hitler was defending his mother (Germany) against Cancer (Jews).

In his book, Mein Kampf, Hitler writes about "...[how] the black-haired Jew boy, diabolic joy in his face, waits in ambush for the unsuspecting girl whom he defiles with his blood..."[3](448) He later equates “Rassenschande”(racial sin) with venereal disease claiming that both lead to “blood poisoning”. He wrote “The sin against the blood and the degradation of the race are the hereditary sin of this world …” (339)[4] This is an interesting point considering that Hitler and his family were engaged in incestial behavior: his mother was either the second cousin or niece of his father, and his significant love affair was with his own niece Geli. Assume though that Hitler relates this idea of “Rassenschande” to his own family: how angry must he have been of the Jewish grandfather that defiled his pure blood? Hitler's diseased mind (which was infected with syphilis) could have expanded on this anger to create all the negative characterizations of Jews that he later developed. It is important to note that Hitler was not yet a politician at the time, but an aspiring artist. In fact, Hitler failed the entrance exam at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, which he took around the time of his mother’s illness. Later on Hitler was quoted saying "The Jews' activity in the press, in art, literature, and the theater, as I learned to know it, did not add to their credit” [5](page 57) Hitler’s failed dreams and his desire to rise above his meager status in society clearly serves him as a motivation.Although any theory regarding Hitler's perverted antisemitism can be regarded as limited at best, Binion’s theory, although based on anecdotal evidence, seems to correspond to the primary source Mein Kampf.

The first of Hitler’s many antisemitic social policies, was the boycott of Jewish shops on April 1, 1933. The boycott was arranged a week after the Enabling Act granted “...limitless ‘emergency’ powers...” (Merriman 1022) to the Nazi party. This boycott may have come in response to the negative attention from the Western media. Hitler, believing that most journalists were Jews or sympathetic to them, labeled the publicity as "atrocity propaganda" spread by "international Jewry.[6]" Hitler twisted the ...

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