All journalists, writers, and artists were required to register with one of the Ministry's subordinate chambers for the press, fine arts, music, theater, film, literature, or radio.
The Nazis believed in propaganda as a vital tool in achieving their goals. Adolf Hitler, Germany's Führer, was impressed by the power of Allied propaganda during World War 1 and believed that it had been a primary cause of the collapse of morale and revolts in the German home front and Navy in 1918.
Hitler would meet nearly every day with Goebbels to discuss the news and Goebbels would obtain Hitler's thoughts on the subject; Goebbels would then meet with senior Ministry officials and pass down the official Party line on world events.
Broadcasters and journalists required prior approval before their works were disseminated.
In addition the Nazis had no moral qualms about spreading propaganda which they themselves knew to the false and indeed spreading deliberately false information was part of a doctrine known as the Big Lie.
Until the Battle of Stalingrad's conclusion on February 4, 1943, German propaganda emphasized the prowness of German arms and the humanity German soldiers had shown to the peoples of occupied territories.
In contrast, British and Allied fliers were depicted as cowardly murderers, and Americans in particular as gangsters in the style of Al Capone. At the same time, German propaganda sought to alienate Americans and British from each other, and both these Western belligerents from the Soviets.
After Stalingrad, the main theme changed to Germany as the sole defender of Western European culture against the "Bolshevist hordes." The introduction of the V-1 and V-2 "vengeance weapons" was emphasized to convince Britons of the hopelessness of defeating Germany.
Goebbels committed suicide shortly after Hitler on April 30, 1945. In his stead, Hans Fritzsche, who had been head of the Radio Chamber, was tried and acquitted by the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal.
|Airplane at the attack in North Africa propaganda postcard publishing house: Grieshaber und Säuerlich Stuttgart, um 1941 - 14 x 9 cm|
|Against England in North Africa pictorial notebook from the series "Kleine Krieg Hefte" over the war in North Afrika year 2 (1941) / No. 10 editors: Zentralverlag der NSDAP Berlin, 1941 14,8 x 20,8 cm|
|Wüstenkrieg in Nord-Afrika - Contribution of Jeffrey Wendt|
|"Column drivers in Africa - Warfare library of the German youth"|
|Propaganda poster from the Vichy authorities (Historical Museum - Paris)|
PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR