Nazi Germany's Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels was always sensitive to the enormous
influence of the radio, which he viewed as second only to the press as the ``most
effective weapon in our struggle for existence.''
- Goering - World War Two Book Index
The previously untold story of how the Nazi war machine
used jazz and swing for propaganda. Independent scholars Bergmeier and Lotz have succeeded
in crafting a work that will appeal to both a specialised audience and the general
public. Swing represented the decadent society of America, while jazz
threatened the racial purity of the Aryan race was immediately banned upon Hitler's
ascension to power in 1933. Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels was always
sensitive to the enormous influence of the radio, which he viewed as second only to the
press as the ``most effective weapon in our struggle for existence.''
The CD accompanying the book includes catchy tunes (such as a jazzy ``Onward Christian
Soldiers'' with new, anti-Semitic lyrics) and original radio broadcasts. A fascinating
footnote to the history of the Nazi propaganda machine.
Mastermind of the Third Reich
by David Irving, Walter Frentz
An in-depth biography of Nazi Germany's master of
propaganda draws on thousands of pages from Goebbels's personal journals to describe the
life of Hitler's confidant, his role in Nazi Germany, his hatred for the human race, and
by Ralf Georg Reuth, Krishna Winston
Unlike his Fuhrer, who assiduously erased most traces of
his background, the Reich minister for public enlightenment and propaganda spewed out
torrents of verbiage from youthful days and preserved almost all of it.
has been secret until recently, as were two other sources, his diaries from 1944 to 1945
and court proceedings against him in the 1920s, when he created the National Socialist
force in Berlin from scratch, chiefly by instigating street battles that produced broken Communist heads and martyred brownshirts.
commander of German press and radio, who, words and lies aside, personally contributed to
the Final Solution by making Berlin "Jew free," Goebbels isn't easy to
sympathise with, but Reuth avoids easy indignation to present insights not just into the
horror but also into the internal politics of fanatical Nazidom. A definitive
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